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We  thankfully  acknowledge  the  vision  and  support  of  Rutgers  University  and  the 
Thomas  A.  Edison  Papers  Board  of  Sponsors. 

This  edition  was  made  possible  by  grant  funds  provided  from  the  New  Jersey  Historical 
Commission,  National  Historical  Publications  and  Records  Commission,  and  The  National 
Endowment  for  the  Humanities.  Major  underwriting  has  been  provided  by  the  Barkley  Fund, 
through  the  National  Trust  for  the  Humanities,  and  by  The  Charles  Edison  Foundation. 

We  are  grateful  for  the  generous  support  of  the  IEEE  Foundation,  the  Hyde  &  Watson 
Foundation,  the  Martinson  Family  Foundation,  and  the  GE  Foundation.  We  acknowledge  gifts 
from  many  other  individuals,  as  well  as  an  anonymous  donor;  the  Association  of  Edison 
Illuminating  Companies;  and  the  Edison  Electric  Institute.  For  the  assistance  of  all  these 
organizations  and  individuals,  as  well  as  for  the  indispensable  aid  of  archivists,  librarians, 
scholars,  and  collectors,  the  editors  are  most  grateful. 

A  Note  on  the  Sources 
The  pages  which  have  been 
filmed  are  the  best  copies 
available.  Every  technical 
effort  possible  has  been 
made  to  ensure  legibility. 


Reel  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
any  part  of  this  film  is  prohibited. 
In  lieu  of  transcripts,  however, 
enlarged  photocopies  of  selected 
items  contained  on  these  reels 
may  be  made  in  order  to  facilitate 



Edison  General  File  Series 

1915.  Legal  -  Legal  Department  Weekly  Reports  (E-15-51) 

This  folder  contains  reports  of  work  done  in  the  Legal  Dept,  of  Thomas 
A  Edison  Inc.  for  the  period  January-May  1915;  there  is  also  a  report  f 
June  12  Most  of  the  reports  are  signed  by  general  counsel  Del°®.  ^°ld  ' 
Among  the  subjects  discussed  in  the  reports  are  patent  applications  and 
infringements,  contracts  and  agreements,  and  trademark  registraboa  The 
are  references  to  Edison's  interests  in  the  phonograph,  storage  battery, 
kinetophone,  and  other  matters. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 


Preparing  opinion  for  Mr.  Thompson  concerning  the  right 
of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  to  contract  with  the  Seaboard 
Air  line  Railroad  for  its  entire  requirements  of  storage  batteries, 
and  of  the  bearing  of  Section  3  of  the  Clayton  Act  on  this  question. 

Going  over  the  oontract  made  by  Mr.  Wagner  for  this 
Company  with  Jury's  Pictures  limited  of  London,  for  the  exclusive 
right  in  the  exhibition  of  a  particular  film,  and  going  over  pro¬ 
posed  oontract  to  be  used  in  future  caBes  of  a  similar  character. 

Trip  to  Hew  York  for  the  closing  up  of  the  suit  of 
Maxwell  vs.  Columbia  Phonograph  Company,  General,  and  securing 
release  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  executed  by  Mr.  Maxwell  on 
behalf  of  himself  and  as  Attorney  in  Pact  of  the  Ponotipia,  Limited. 

Looking  up  law  on  the  liability  of  Water  companies  to 
consumers  in  cases  where  fire  damage  is  caused  by  failure  to 
supply  water. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Heave  in  regard  to  the  advisability 
of  petitioning  the  Supreme  Court  for  writ  of  certiorari  in  the 
suit  of  the  Edison  long  kiln  patent,  and  also  conferring  with  Mr. 
White  of  the  Horth  American  Portland  Cement  Company  upon  this  sub¬ 

Preparing  letter  to  be  sent  by  Mr.  Wilson  to  G.  Croydon 
Marks  in  reply  to  recent  letters  received  from  Mr.  Marks 

Going  over  proposed  agreement  for  sale  of  crushing  rolls 
to  be  used  in  Hova  Sootia  for  crushing  gypsum. 

Investigating  question  of  what  goods  were  in  railroad 
oars  at  the  time  they  were  burned  up  during  the  recent  fire. 

Consideration  of  the  question  of  the  releasing  of  certain 
real  estate  belonging  to  Spencer's  Pictures  Limited,  Australia, 
they  having  fulfilled  their  obligations  under  the  contract  which 
was  secured  in  this  mattfaer. 

Consideration  of  circular  to  be  sent  out  to  moti on  picture 
houses  on  behalf  of  theProtective  Association,  and  memorandum  to 
Mr.  Wilson  concerning  the  same. 

Going  over  correspondence  relating  to  the  placing  of  the 
order  of  the  Edison  Chemical  Works  for  Swedish  iron,  and  letter  to 
Mr.  J.  V.  Miller  concerning  the  same. 

Preparing  and  sending  to  the  Universal  Film  Manufacturing 
Company  a  notice  of  infringement,  of  our  copyrighted  film  "Bill's 


Consideration  of  the  oopyright  situation  regarding 
Bootle's  Baby,  and  letter  to  Mr.  Gassaway  regarding  same. 

Interference  Stevens  vs.  Hyde  -  Conference  with  Mr. 
Holden  re  preliminary  statement  and  sending  Bame  off  to  Patent 

letters  to  Mr.  Scull  and  United  States  Fidelity  & 
Guaranty  Company  re  tond  coupons. 

Going  over  agreement  between  Thomas  A.  Edison, Limited 
and  Jury's  Imperial  Pictures  Limited  submitted  by  Mr.  Wagner 
re  motion  picture  films  in  British  Isles.  Preparation  of 
revised  form. 

Foreign  patent  taxes,  etc.  -  conference  with  Mr.  H.H. 
Smith  of  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  re  British  storage 
battery  patent  Folio  547  and  memorandum  to  Mr.  Edison.  Memo 
to  Mr.  Edison  re  Meffert  &  Sell's  letter  of  November  30th  and 
reply  to  Meffert  &  Sell.  Preparing  memos  to  Mr.  Edison  on 
other  foreign  storage  battery  patents. 

Conferences  with  Mr.  Mason  re  proposed  contract  for 
Giant  Rolls  with  Keystone  Plaster  Company  and  Victoria  Gypsum 
Mining  and  Manufacturing  Company, Limited.  Dictating  drafts 

of  agreements  and  conferences  with  Mr.  Holden.  Arranging  by 
phone  for  conference  at  Chester,  Pa.  with  Messrs.  Brown  and 

Letter  to  Brandon  Bros,  re  trade  mark  "Thomas  A. 

Edison"  in  France. 

looking  into  matter  of  liability  for  negatives  of 
advertising  subjects  destroyed  in  fire.  Conferences  with 
Messrs.  Holden  and  Maxwell  and  memorandum  to  MT.  1.  W. 

Me  Chesney. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Schiffl  and  prepara¬ 
tion  of  report  on  the  use  of  paraffined  corks  as  cushioning 
members  in  packing  crates  for  phonographs. 

Revision  of  Pierman's  brief  on  appeal  to  the  Com¬ 
missioner  of  Patents  in  person  in  Interference  Ho.  06,213  - 
Chisholm  vs.  Pierman. 

Diamond  interference  -  consideration  of  substitution 
of  exhibits  for  those  burned  up  in  the  recent  fire. 

Consideration  of  question  of  paying  taxes  on  foreign 
patents,  Folios  566,  671,  696,  697,  692,  and  693,  conferences 
with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Stevens,  and  memoranda  to  Mr.  Edison 
and  Mr.  Wilson  in  regard  to  same. 

Consideration  of  our  title  to  our  lots  13  and  14  on 
Columbia  Street  with  respect  to  our  right; to  build  a  film  plant 
on  said  lots. 

Consideration  of  Brandon  Bros'  proposed  revised  speci¬ 
fication  for  Higham  Swiss  Kinetophone  application 

In  the  matter  of  the  suit  of  Little  vs.  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company:  review  of  correspondence,  conference  with  Mr. 

R.  A.  Bachman  and  conference  with  Mr.  Clarke  of  Everett,  Clarke 
and  Benedict  at  the  office  of  said  firm  in  Hew  York. 

Execution  of  affidavits  on  boiler  operators"  applications 
for  license. 

Correspondence  and  conference  with  Mr.  Holden  in  regard  to 
copyright  on  '.'Bootle's  Baby" 

Preparing  license  applications  for  engineers  and  firemen 
of  power  plant  of  Edison  Phonograph  Works. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  with  respect  to  search  made 
in  Washington  on  new  model  disc  phonograph. 

Preparing  report  on  infringement  search  on  new  model 
disc  phonograph. 

Preparing  affidavit  for  Mr.  Burnham  with  respect  to  a 
numbering  machine  lost  in  fire  and  owned  by  U.  S.  Army  Department. 

Consideration  of  applicati ons due  for  amendment  to  de¬ 
termine  if  any  of  same  should  be  dropped  and  conferences  with 
Messrs.  Edison  and  Gill  with  respect  thereto. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  L.  W.  Mo  Chesney  and  Farrell 
re  Home  Projecting  Kinetoscope  situation  and  Canadian  customs 
matters,  and  memorandum  to  Mr.  L.W.  Me  Chesney. 

Examination  of  employer's  liability  insurance  policies 
reoently  obtained  from  The  Ocean  Accident  and  Guarantee  Corpora¬ 
tion  through  Mr.  Schenck. 

Three  United  States  Patent  applications  amended. 

One  Foreign  Patent  application  amended. 

Foreign  Kinetophone  Matters: 

Conferences  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  miscellaneous 
matters  including  matter  of  Taylor's  salary. 



Mr.  Stevens  in  regard  to  Bryan  account. 

Memorandum  to  MT..  L.  IV.  Me  Chesney  concerning 
letter  from  Mr.  Sandford  regarding  the  return  of  Home  Kineto- 
scope  and  Films. 

Revising  opinion  to  Mr.  Thompson  regarding  the 
contracting  hy  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  with 
railroads  for  their  entire  requirements  of  storage  Batteries. 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  Mudd  concerning  the  stipulations 
to  he  printed  on  the  letter -heads  of  the  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company. 

going  over  the  papers  relating  to  the  claim  of 
Caroline  Cushman  for  injuries  to  her  foot  due  to  a  splinter. 

looting  up  New  York  statute  requiring  the  filing 
of  certificate  where  Business  is  conducted  under  an  assumed 

Attending  argument  of  motion  to  dismiss  Bill  of  com-  ; 

plaint  in  the  suit  of  Victor  Talking  Machine  Company  vs. 

StrausB  (  R.  H.  Mecy  &  Co.)  i 

looking  up  New  Jersey  statute  granting  pensions  to 
widows  having  children  under  sixteen  years  of  age. 

letter  to  Mr.  Noyes  concerning  disposition  of  stock 
of  Portland  Sporting  Goods  Company. 

letters  to  Mr.  1.  E.  Walter  and  Mr.  Plimpton 
concerning  the  title  "Where  is  My  Wandering  Boy  Tonight",  and 
advising  that  our  use  of  such  title  Began  prior  to  Mr.  Walter  s 

Trip  to  Chester,  Pa.  (Monday)  with  Mr.  Mason  and 
conference  with  Messrs.  Brown  and  Gibson  re  contract  for  sale 
of  Giant  Rolls  and  patent  license  to  The  Victoria  Gypsum  Min-  j 

ing  and  Manufacturing  Company  for  crushing  gypsum  in  Canada. 

Rewritten  draft  of  agreement  sent  to  Chester  and  further  corres- 
pondence  had  concerning  same.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Mason  re 
Billing  of  giant  rolls. 

Attending  to  execution  and  legalization  of  discharge  of  I 

encumbrance  upon  property  of  Spencer's  Pictures  limited  By  I 

Thomas  A'.  Edison,  Incorporated. 


Preparation  of  memorandum  to  Mr.  Edison  re  Swedish 
storage  battery  patents.  Conference  with  Mr.  Edison  re  pay¬ 
ment  of  taxes  on  foreign  storage  battery  patents. 

Revision  of  Mr.  Maginnis's  draft  of  proposed  agreement 
between  Seaboard  Air  line  Railway  and  Edison  Storage.  Battery 
Company  for  trainlighting  batteries. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  notice  on  letterheads 
for  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company. 

Conference  with  Mr-  Hardy  re  spot  welding  patents. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  vs.  McDannel  &  Staton  -  prepar¬ 
ing"  telegrams  and  letters  relating  to  change  of  attorneys  in  this 
suit.  William  H.  Early  substituted  for  A.  Id.  Johnson  and  in¬ 
structions  sent  to  Mr.  Early. 

Revising  film  agreement  for  British  Isles. 

Going  over  lease  for  7/ardour  Street  property,  London. 
Conference  with  MT.  Stevens  re  execution  of  same  and  minutes 
of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  limited  relating  thereto. 

Going  over  papers  relating  to  question  of  infringement 
of  our  motion  picture  "Bill's  Sweetheart"  by  Universal  Company's 
picture  "The  Sands  of  the  Desert". 

Foreign  Kinetophone  Matters. 

Going  over  document  received  from  Russian  group 
relating  to  assignment  of  contract  from  Konuchoff  to 
Davidoff.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Stevens. 

Conference  with  MT.  Stevens  re  Jury's  statement 
of  receipts  and  expenditures. 

Preparation  and  filing  with  the  Secretary  of  State 
of  New  York  papers  withdrawing  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  from 
the  said  State. 

Consideration  of  patent  applications  due  for  amendment 
in  February  and  conference  with  Mr.  Holden  in  regard  to  same. 

Preparation  of  assignment  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incor¬ 
porated  of  Britush  Patent  No.  607  of  1913. 

Investigating  whether  or  not  annual  reports  are  filed 
by  the  various  corporations  represented  by  the  legal  Department. 

Examination  of  proposed  agreement  between  Title 
Guaranty  &  Trust  Company  and  Mtb.  Edison  in  regard  to  extension 
of  bond  and  mortgage  bn  property  at  #10  Fifth  Avenue,' and  taking 
Mrs.  Edison's  acknowledgment  to  said  agreement. 

Preparation  of  brief  on  appeal  to  the  Examiners-in- 
Chief  on  Morris  application,  Polio  407. 

In  the  matter  of  little  vs.  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Comoany  -  consideration  of  letter  from  Everett,  Clarke  &  Benedict, 
conference  with  Mr.  Holden,  memorandum  to  Mr.  R.  A.  Bachman,  and 
letter  to  Mr.  Clarke  of  Everett,  Clarke  &  Benedict. 

Consideration  of  revised  form  of  agreement  between 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  and  Pathe  I’reres  Phonograph 
Company  in  regard  to  trade  mark  "Diamond". 

Consideration  of  testimony  in  "Diamond"  interference 
and  looking  up  copies  of  exhibits  introduced  in  evidence  in 
said  interference  to  replace  exhibits  lost  in  our  fire* 

Conference  with  Mr.  Hardy  in  regard  to  patent  dates 
for  our  new  phonographs. 

Examination  of  insurance  policies  recently  obtained 
from  The  Ocean  Accident  &  Guarantee  Corporation,  limit ed, .London, & 
conference  with  Mr.  Prost  re  same. 

Investigating  fire  protection  situation  at  Silver 
lake  Plant  with  a  view  to  connecting  our  proposed  fire  alarm 
system  with  the  systems  of  Belleville  and  Bloomfield,  involving 
two  trips  to  Silver  Bake. 

Preparing  letter  to  fire  committee  of  Bloomfield  with 
respect  to  the  extension  of  the  wires  of  the  Bloomfield  fire 
alarm  system  to  our  Silver  Bake  property.  Correspondence 
with  Mr.  Saltzman  re  same. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Investigation  of  patent  situation  in  regards  to 
processes  and  machines  employed  in  spot  welding  by  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company. 

Revising  name  plates  of  Amberola  and  disc  machines 
and  conference  with  Messrs.  Constable  and  Bachman  re  Bame. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Monahan  and  Hutchison  re 
filing  of  new  application  and  conference  with  Mr.  Gall  re 
pending  applicat ions  on  Horae  Projecting  Kinetoscope  and  printing 
machines  and  methods  employed  in  printing  Home  P.K.  films. 

Three  United  States  Patent  applications  amended. 

One  Foreign  Patent  application  amended. 


Reading  over  old  correspondence  in  order  to  refresh 
my  reeollection'of  the  situation  regarding  Powrie's  inventions 
in  color  photography. 

Trip  to  Mew  York  to  confer  with  Mr.  Mallory  concern¬ 
ing  the  decision  of  the  Circuit  Court  of  Appeals  on  the  Edison 
long  kiln  patent  and  Mr.  Wight's  request  that  we  write  him  to 
the  effect  that  the  North  American  Company  has  fully  complied 
with  the  terms  of  its  agreement  with  respect  to  the  litigating 
of  the  Edison  patent. 

looking  up  law  on  the  question  of  how  a  guaranty 
is  affected  hy  the  death  of  the  guarantor. 

Advising  Mr.  Walter  that  our  use  of  the  title  "Where 
is  My  Wandering  Boy  Tonight"  antedates  his  use  of  "Where  is  My 
Wandering  Boy",  and  letter  to  Mr.  Plimpton  on  the  same  subject . 

Going  over  proposed  agreement  with  Pathe  Ereres 
Phonograph  Company  concerning  trade-mark  "Diamond" . 

letter  to  Mr.  Gaines,  our  attorney  at  Chattanooga 
concerning  our  claim  against  estate  of  Thomas  W.  Eritts. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  proceedings  and  recovery 
in  contemplated  suit  against  Universal  Company  for  infringement 
of  motion  picture  "Bill's  Sweetheart". 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  Stevens  re  discharge  of  encumbrance 
on  property  of  Spencer's  Pictures  limited. 

Agreement  relating  to  "An  Old  Sweetheart  of  Mine "  signed 
by  all  parties.  Originals  sent  to  Mr.  Berggren  and  Mr.  ^ockwood 
and  copy  to  Mr.  Plimpton:. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Aylsworth  re  amendment  in  Eolio 
812.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Edison  re  same. 

Preparing  draft  of  proposed  agreement  between  Mr. Edison 
and  Cambria  Steel  Company  re  Benzol  plant.  Copy  handed  to  Hr. 
Meadoweroft  for  Mr.  Edison. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  change  in  standard  form 
of  guaranty  of  account. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  Powrie  matter. 

Interference  Stevens  vs.  Hyde  -  Going  over  Stevens' 
application,  preliminary  statement,  references,  eto.  with  view 
to  further  proceedings. 


Foreign  Kinetophone  Matters: 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  Kinetophone  in 
India  in  connection  with  offer  of  Bioscope  Company. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  Jury's  agreement 
and  statement. 

Consideration  of  present  status  of  Altschul  and 
Gold  contract.  Preparation  of  memorandum. 

Consideration  of  present  status  of  contract  with 
German  group.  Preparation  of  memorandum. 

Consideration  of  present  status  of  contract  with 
Scandinavian  group.  Preparation  of  memorandum. 

In  the  matter  of  procuring  assistance  for  Mrs.  Troeber 
from  the  State  Board  of  Children's  Guardians;  conference  with 
Mr.  Holden;  looking  up  law  at  Prudential  Library;  conference 
with  Clerk  of  Court  of  Common  Pleas;  interview  with  Mrs. 

Troeber,  and  letter  to  State  Board  of  Children's  Guardians. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Aylsworth  in  regard 
to  early  Aylsworth  applications  on  Condensite  records. 

In  the  matter  of  Reylea  vs.  Edison:  consideration  of 

rule  to  show  cause  why  Edison  Phonograph  Y/orks  should  not  pay 
attorney's  fees  to  attorney  for  Reylea  out  of  the  compensation 
due  Reylea;  and  conference  with  Messrs.  Frost,  Holden,  and 
Mr.  Jay,  attorney  for  Reylea. 

Investigating  whether  or  not  certain  corporations 
represented  by  the  Legal  Department  are  still  in  existence,  and 
memorandum  to  Mr.  Harry  F.  Miller  in  regard  to  same. 

Diamond  Interference;  Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  in 
regard  to  future  procedure  in  this  interference;  letter  to  Mr. 
Hall,  attorney  for  Pathe  Freres  Company,  and  preparation  of 
stimulation  in  regard  to  substituting  exhibits  for  those  lost 
in  the  fire. 

Interview  with  Mr.  Laddey  in  regard  to  letter  Bent  by 
him  to  Mrs.  Edison  re  claim  of  Wright  vs.  Smith,  and  memorandum 
to  Mr.  Harry  F.  Miller  in  regard  to  the  same. 

Conferences  with  Mr.  Aylsworth  in  regard  to  patents  of 
the  Condensite  Company  which  relate  to  our  disc  records. 

Preparation  of  license  from  Condensite  Company  to  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  Incorporated  under  U.  S.  patent  Ho.  1,111,288. 

Investigation  to  determine  patent  dates  to  be  applied 
to  name  plates  for  new  Amberola  30  and  Standard  Disc  Phonographs, 
and  conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Constable  re  same. 

Comparison  of  bonds  of  two  different  security  com¬ 
panies  for  securing  us  against  losses  due  to  the  acts  of 
employees. handling  money  in  order  to  determine  which  bond  is 
better  suited  for  our  use.  Preparing  memorandum  to  Mr. 

Berggren  re  same. 

Preparing  report  on  patent  situation  with  respect  to 
the  Amberola  30  to  replace  that  lost  in  the  fire. 

Trip  to  Hew  York  to  inspect  new  phonograph  made  by 
the  Aeolian  Company  (the  Vocalionl  to  determine  if  same  in¬ 
fringes  any  of  our  patents.  Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  in 
regard  to  same. 

V/eekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Gall  with  respect 
to  Powrie  process  of  uroducing  motion  pictures  in  natural  colors 
and  preparation  of  report  containing  description  of  such  process. 

Conference  with  Mr.  X,.  V/.  Me  Che sney  with  respect  to  the 
Home  P.  K.  situation  and  memorandum  to  Mr.  Wilson  with  respect 

letter  to  lowdermilk  Company  of  Washington,  D.  C.  with 
respect  to  second  hand  sets  of  the  Federal  Reporter  and  the 
Official  Gazette. 

Preparing  an  affidavit  as  to  the  amount  of  denatured 
alcohol  lost  in  the  fire,  and  the  loss  of  the  records  of  the 
amount  of  denatured  alcohol  recovered  in  the  month  of  December, 
to  be  filed  with  the  Collector  of  the  5th  District  of  Hew  Jersey. 

Consideration  of  applications  due  for  amendment  in 
February,  March  and  April  to  determine  if  any  of  same  should 
be  abandoned. 

Three  United  States  Patent  Applications  amended. 


WEEK  ENDI MG  JANUARY  28.  1915 •  AjL/ 

letter  to  Messrs.  Harger  &  Blish  cone eruing  expenses 
claimed  by  Chambers  Music  House  in  connection  with  our  suit 
against  Trafford  Music  Company. 

looking  up  law  and  writing  letter  to  Mr.  Mudd  concern- 
im?  liability  of  the  Dexheimer  concern  to  employee  of  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company  who  fell  through  an  uncovered  hatchway 
used^y  Dexheimer  in  connection  with  the  bringing  up  of  heavy 

Going  over  correspondence  and  conferring  with  Mr. 

Stevens  in  regard  to  the  agreement  with  Hopkins  of  london  cover¬ 
ing  dictating  machines. 

looking  up  law  in  regard  to  the  transferring  of 
assets  in  fraud  If  creditors  in  connection  with  our  claim  against 
Portland  Sporting  Goods  Company. 

Going  over  correspondence  concerning  the  shipment  of 
goods  to  Butler  Brothers,  Auburn,  H.  Y.  by  American  Phonograph 
Company,  and  conferring  with  Mr.  Ireton  in  regard  to  the  same. 

Advising  Mr.  Parkhurst  and  Mr.  Green  in  regard  to  the 
question  of  time  and  place  for  payment  of  discharged  employees. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Stevens  in  regard  to  the  election 
of  auditors  for  our  london  Company. 

Going  over  three  proposed  agreement  forms  for  the  making 
of  special  motion  picture  films,  and  conferring  with  Mr.  Gill  in 
regard  to  the  same. 

Taking  up  report  of  Mr.  Me  Coy  concerning  J.  A.  Foster 
Company  of  Providence,  R.  I.,  getting  up  letter  revoking  their 
license  agreement,  an4  conferring  with  Messrs.  Maxwell  and  Ire tom 
concerning  same. 

Preparing  letters  to  be  sent  to  American  Phonograph 
Company  of  Detroit  for  revoking  of  jobbers'  license^. 

Conference  with  Messrs,  liaison.  Maxwell,  Stevens  and 
lanahan  concerning  foreign  kinetophone  contracts,  and  policy 
to  be  followed  regarding  same. 

Interview  with  Mr.  Idem  of  the  J.  A.  Foster  Company 
including  conference  with  Messrs.  Wilson  and  Ireton. 

Attending  interview  of  Mr.  Ashton  of  Detroit,  with 
Messrs.  Wilson  and  Maxwell. 

Going  over  forms  of  guaranty  of  batteries  for  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company.  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Edison,  Bee 
and  Ross,  and  preparation  of  revised  forms. 

Going  over  applications  to  he  taken  up  with  Mr.  Edison 
and  inquiring  about  form  of  battery  tray  described  in  Folio  795. 
Conference  with  Mr.  Edison. 

Stevens  vs.  Hyde  interference.  Conferences  with  Messrs. 
Hudson,  Hyde  and  Holden. 

Conference  at  Newark  with  Deputy  Collector  of  Internal 
Revenue  re  Mr.  Wyper's  income  tax  return. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  notice  of  revocation  to 


Preparing  notice  re  payment  of  discharged  employees. 

Contract  with  Victoria  Gypsum  Mining  and  Manufacturing 
Company  for  sale  of  giant  rolls  and  license  tader  Canadian  patent, 
and  guaranty  of  Keystone  Plaster  Company  received,  executed  re¬ 
spectively  by  the  Victoria  Company  and  the  Keystone  Company. 
Attending  to  execution  of  same  by  Mr.  Edison,  letters  to 
Keystone  Plaster  Company  and  H.  F.  taller. 

Foreign  Kinetophone  Matters: 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Bachmann  on 
question  of  filing  divisional  applications  on  Kinetophone  in 

Going  over  present  situation  in  connection  with 
various  Kinetophone  contracts,  and  preparing  memos  with  reference 
thereto.  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Wilson,  Maxwell,  Holden  and 
Stevens  with  view  to  deciding  future  policy  in  dealing  with 
European  Kinetophone  groups. 

Diamond  Interference:  Procuring  correct  copies  of 
exhibits  lost  in  fire,  marking  the  same,  and  preparing  final 
draft  of  stipulation  in  regard  to  said  exhibits. 

Consideration  of  question  of  filing  a  divisional 
patent  application  on  Aylsworth  application,  Folio  638,  and 
conference  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Aylsworth  in  regard  to  the 
same . 

In  the  matter  of  the  disc  records  obtained  by  Mr. 
Silverman  from  Mr.  Goldsmith,  conferences  with  Mr.  Frost  and 
looking  over  bond  covering  Mr.  Silverman. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  in  regard  to  Mr.  Edison's 
application,  Folio  674,  on  disc  phonograph. 

,  ,,  .  Looking  over  patent, applications  due  for  amendment 

in  March  and  trig  to  factory  to  determine  whether  inventions 

disclosed  in  certain  of  said  applications  are  still  in  use. 

Consideration  of  construction  of  new  Amberola  machine 
designed  hy  Mr.  Constable  and  conference  with  Mr.  lewis  in  regard 
to  drawings  for  patent  application  on  said  machine. 

Trip  to  Newark  to  procure  for  Mr.  Meadowcroft  forms 
for  decree  of  Orphans  Court  upon  accounts  stated,  and  for  release 
of  administrator  by  heirs. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Davis  with  respect  to  process 
of  renovating  old  moving  picture  films  invented  by  him. 

Preparing  report  on  Powrie  process  for  exhibiting 
motion  pictures  in  natural  colors^ 

Investigation  with  respect  to  returning  a  Kinetophone 
outfit  now  stored  in  Toronto  to  the  United  States  without  paying 
duty  thereon  and  conferences  with  Messrs.  McChesney,  Stevens  and 
Millar,  re  same . 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Investigation  into  arrangement  made  by  Sdison  Storage 
Battery  Company  with  the 'Automatic  Transportation  Company  of 
Buffalo,  New  York,  to  determine  if  same  has  any  hearing,  on  question 
of  filing  a  patent  application  on  dock  truck  transmission  gear  and 
conference  with  Messrs.  Hutchison  and  HoSs  in  regard  thereto. 

Consideration  of  cases  of  applications  due  for  amendment 
in  March  and  April  to  determine  if  any  of  the  same  should  be 
abandoned  and  conference  with  Mr.  Holden  with  respect  thereto. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Edison  and  Hutchison  re  filing 
of  new  patent  applications. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Saltzman  and  Meadowcroft  re 
fire  protection  situation  at  Silver  Lake. 

Preparing  report  on  phonograph  put  out  by  Aeolian  Company 
and  called  Vocalion. 

One  United  States  Patent  Application  filed. 

Two  United  States  Patent  Applications  amended. 



letter  to  Mr.  Plimpton  concerning  our  right  to  release 
motion  picture  entitled  "The  Boston  Tea  Party"  in  view  of  our 
agreement  with  the  Board  of  Panama-Pacific  Managers  for  Massa¬ 

letter  to  Roberts  Numbering  Machine  Company  concerning 
advertisements  in  English  publications  using  the  name  "Bates" 

Going  over  price  cutting  situation  of  Mason  &  Risch, 
Guelph,  Canada,  and  preparing  telegram  and  letter  to  this  con- 

letter  to  Mr.  Bloodgood  concerning  the  Me  Greal  suit. 

looking  up  law  relating  to  the  garnishee  of  wages 
in  New  York  and  New  Jersey,  and  letter  to  the  Houston  Phonograph 
Company  concerning  the  same. 

Going  over  correspondence  with  the  Houston  Phonograph 
Company  and  preparing  memorandum  advising’  as  to  what  should  be 
done  with  respect  to  our  account  against  this  company. 

Going  over  town  file  of  Vancouver,  B.  C.  and  advising 
Mr.  Ireton  on  question  of  withdrawing  Class  A  dealers'  discounts 
from  the  Bowes  MubIc  House. 

Going  over  town  file  of  Austen,  Minn,  concerning 
controversy  between  luoker  and  Harger  &  Blish  concerning  alleged 
violations  of  license  agreement. 

Discussing  income  tax  matters  with  Messrs.  Berggren 
and  H.  H.  Eckert. 

Discussing  with  Mr.  Berggren  the  subject  of  liability 
of  West  Orange  Water  Company  on  account  of  our  fire. 

Investigating  the  circumstances  connected  with  Jrhe 
automobile  accident  of  December  31s;fc,  and  going  over  our  insurance 
policy  covering  this  auto. 

Going  over  town  file  of  Austen,  Minn,  a  second  time. 

Going  over  papers  relating  to  our  claim  against 

Me  Greal. 

Going  over  papers  in  matter  of  infringement  of 
Maokaye's  play  "In  Spite  of  All"  by  lubin  motion  picture. 

Going  over  contract  and  papers  re  our  right  to 
release  motion  picture  "The  Bo,ston  Tea  Party". 

Memos,  to  Mr.  Stevens,  Mr.  Edison  and  Mr.  Wilson  re 
re-registration  of  trade  marie  "Thomas  A.  Edison"  in  Turkey. 
Memorandum  to  Mr.  Stevens  re  re-registration  of  trade  mark 
"Thomas  A.  Edison"  in  Luxembourg. 

Papers,  etc.  prepared  and  sent  to  Brandon  Brothers  for 
re-registration  of  trade  mark  "Thomas  A.  Edison"  in  Pranoe. 

Payment  of  taxes  and  working  of  foreign  patents  - 
Memos,  to  Mr.  Edison.  Letters  to  Brandon  Bros,  and  Deutsche 
Edison  Akkumulatoren  Company.  Conference  with  Messrs.  Holden 
and  Bachmann  re  Kinetophone  patents  in  Great  Britain,  Germany 
and  Prance.  Instructions  to  Miss  Stalker. 

Advioe  to  Mr.  Wilson  z 

settlement  of  Ashton  matt< 

Conference  with  Mr.  Langley  on  question  of  design  of 
brush  contact  area  in  Edison  long  commutator  motor  with  refer¬ 
ence  to  amendment  of  Polio  772. 

Revision  for  issue  of  allowed  Scotford  case  Polio  64* 
and  preparation  of  amendment  under  Rule  78. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  Solorzano. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  reply  to  Austro- 
Hungarian  consul's  inquiry  from  Dekinophon 

Going  over  letters  for  Mr.  Stevens  re  Prench, 

German  and  British  groups. 

Consideration  of  question  of  paying  taxes  on  foreign 
folios  668,  669,  670,  683  and  684  and  conference  with  Messrs. 

Holden  and  Lanahan  re  same. 

In  the  matter  of  the  application  of  Mrs.  Troeber  for  a 
widow's  pension:  Interview  with  Mrs.  Troeber  and  preparation 
and  filing  of  petition. 

Diamond  Interference:  Letters  to  Mr.  Hall,  attorney  for 
Paths  and  to  Pay  and  Oberlin,  attorneys  for  Diamond  Company  in 
regard  to  stipulation  relating  to  exhibits. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Hardy  in  regard  to  German  Kinetophone 
patent  applications. 

looking  over  patent  applications  due  for  amendment  in 
April  and  conference  with  Mr.  Holden  in  regard  to  patent  applica¬ 
tions  due  for  amendment  in  said  month  and  in  Mar oh. 


Preparation  for  Mr.  Meadowcroft  of  certificate  showing 
filing  of  order  for  distribution  of  an  intestate’s  estate  and  or 
releases  of  administrators  by  heirs* 

Consideration  of  U.S.  patent  Ho. 1,126, 382  on  Phonograph 
reproducer  and  conferences  with  Mr.  Ellis  to  determine  whether  or 
not  said  patent  is  infringed  by  us. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Wilson  and  Gall  with  respect 
to  the  disposition  of  the  Home  P.  K.  business. 

Investigation  of  the  fire  protection  situation  at  our 
Silver  Lake  plant,  involving  a  trip  to  Silver  Lake. 

Conferences  v/ith  Messrs.  Wilson,  Hudson,  Saltzman  and 
Owen  with  respect  to  the  fire  protection  at  the  Silver  lake 
plant . 

Conference  with  Hr.  Holden  with  respect  to  applications 
due  for  amendment  in  April  to  determine  whether  any  of  same 
should  be  abandoned. 

Preparation  of  report  on  new  phonograph  called  the 
Vocalion,  put  out  by  the  Aeolian  Company, with  respect  to  the 
guesti on  of  infringement  of  patents  owned  by  us. 

Consideration  of  allowed  application  (Polio  975)  and 
conference  with  Messrs.  lanahan,  Hutchison  and  Golden  re  same. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  might  affect  our  business. 

Preparation  of  affidavits  with  respect  to  the  loss  in  the 
fire  of  three  cars  of  phonograph  cabinets,  one  car  of  general 
merchandise j  one  car  of  lumber  and  one  car  of  plaster. 

looking  up  references  and  memoranda  for  Hr.  Bull's  use 
in  connection  with  the  suit  of  the  Victor  Company  against  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  Incorporated. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Monahan  and  Smith  with  respect 
to  storage  battery  construction  of  miners'  lamp  outfit. 

Three  United  States  patent  applicatio: 




to  the 
etc . 

Trip  to  Mr.  Bull's  office  and  conferring  with  him  as 
meaning  of  the  claims  of  the  Victor  patents  upon  which 
Being  sued,  and  the  anticipation  thereof  hy  the  references 

Second  trip  to  Mr.  Bull's  Office  to  continue  the 
above  work. 

Preparing  letter  to  be  sent  by  air.  Maxwell  to  the 
Cunningham  Piano  Company,  Philadelphia. 

Going  over  proposed  new  agreement  for  jobbers  under 
the  Zone  system. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Stevens,  and  preparing  letter  to 
Mr.  Wagner  concerning  proposed  change  in  our  public  accountants 
at  London. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Maxwell  in  regard  to  proposed 
jobbers'  agreement. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Eckert  concerning  the  statements 
to  be  sent  to  London  in  connection  with  the  claim  of  the 
British  Government  for  income  tax  from  our  London  Company 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Stevens  in  regard  to  the  Marks 
and  Hopkins  matters. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  John  V.  Miller  and  Mr.  Lanahan 
concerning  the  proposed  trust  agreement  to  be  entered  into  by 
the  heirs  of  Mrs.  Mary  Miller. 

Going  over  the  papers  in  the  Victor  suit  against  us 
and  conferring  with  Mr.  Hardy  as  to  additional  defenses  to  be 
looked  up  in  view  of  my  conference  with  Mr.  Bull. 

Going  over  the  proposed  trust  agreement  of  the  heirs 
of  Mrs.  Mary.  Miller. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Berggren  in  regard  to  any  claim 
we  might  have  against  Mr.  Wood  for  not  obtaining  fire  insurance 
policy  for  $8,000,  to  take  the  place  of  policy  which  expired 
the  day  of  the  fire  by  reason  of  a  five  days  notice. 

Preparing  letter  to  be  sent  by  Mr.  Wilson  to  Mr. 
Lubin  complaining  of  an  infringement  by  Mr.  Lubin  of  the  play 
"In  Spite  of  All",  under  yfliich  we  have  motion  picture 


.  »  „h+v,  Messrs.  Everett,  Clarice  &  Benedict 

MM^°ssa,sa2£.,iS-  —■»»  •—  ~  ~ 

dum  to  Mr.  Wilson  in  regard  to  same, 
to  employees. 

„  ,  .  .  T  vi  if„  Ghesnev  concerning  our  right 

to  put  out^pr  int  s^ of^The " Boston.  KW*-  «a  Landing 

of  the  Pilgrims". 

Oonforenoos  Moforo.  H.  i^p'tv^-ogU^atter^v.ith 

SS»^0r»«1SilO|omS:”«l.  of  ell.  "«»  l° 

amendment  of  applications  for  same. 

Conf.ronoo  »lth  *.  ail  '.form  <*  *»  ”*  “ei 

in  making  estimates  for  repairs  of  cells. 

looking  up  for  Mr.  f^^Vldlsonflncolporrte!  for 
Sf  in  Ser°SrSfaterP^  York  Film  Exchange  suit. 

Matter  of  renewal  of  lease  of  52^.°°"" 

going^ over^leaf e  ETSS^l  for^-d  memo  to  Mr.  B.  A.  Bachman. 

Matter  of  proposed  contract  ^°^f^g^0g°1v,ith1Messrs!em 
for  Edison  Storage  Battery  Gon>P^Y-  e°  contract.  Preparing 
ittt^SSMf  ^Conference  with^Mr.  Leitch  of  Bixie  Manufac¬ 
turing  Company. 

Going  eon  oontoct 

and  Kimball  (for  dictation  records)  with  reference  x 
of  same. 

letter  to  Marks  &  Clerk  re'  taxes  on  Swedish  patents. 

.  .  w  -Hu.-  heirs  to  Peoples  Saving  and 

Going  over  deed  by  Miller  heirs  *ge  of  taking 

SMSE  S^&^XSLrS.on^  t.  Mn.  V. 

Dictating  P^Pp|®^f||rE^ositi  on^Comm'is  si  on .^Stat^of  ’ 
Incorporated  0114  Panama-Pacific a^Kinetoscope ,  etc.  for  use  in 

loins  eon 

^reSJ.("““U*-.S;nSi5.rtSUnhonoo  5ith  Mr.  Moron. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Philips  re  further  action  in  matter 
of  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company.  Letters  to  Messrs. 
Lindabury  and  Steinhardt. 

Dictating  proposed  consignment  agreement  with  Herman 
B.  Anderson  relating  to  Edison  dictating  machines  -  alBO  form  of 

ireien  Kinetouhone  Matts 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  reply  to 
cablegram  from  Bussian  group. 

Preparation  of  annual  report  and  designation  of  new 
statutory  agent  of  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  in  Illinois. 

Trip  to  Washington  for  the  following  matters: 

Argument  of  appeal  before  the  Commissioner  of  Patents 
in  Interference  Ho.  36,813,  Chisholm  vs.  Pierman. 

Argument  before  the  Board  of  Examiners-in-Chief  of 
appeal  of  Morris  application  on  phonograph  governors, 

(Polio  407) 

Conferences  with  Examiners  in  regard  to  applications, 
Polios  766  and  010. 

Trip  to  Internal  Bevenue  office  in  regard  to  Wyper 
income  tax  penalty. 

looking  up  interference  files  of  Victor  Company  patents 
814,786  and  1,060,550  for  facts  bearing  on  the  dates  of 
inventions  of  Johnson,  the  patentee. 

Search  for  Mr.  Higham  for  patents  on  moving  picture 
films  having  a  sound  record  thereon. 

Investigating  whether  or  not  there  is  a  patent  on  the 
Sandell  rectifier  described  in  the  Electrical  World. 

Considerati on  of  amendment  filed  in  German  patent 
application  on  Home  P.K.  Machine. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Kammerhoff,  H.  H.  Smith,  and 
Lanahan  with  respect  to  the  two-cell  storage  battery  employed  in  the 
miner's  lamp  outfit. 

Investigation  with  respect  to  an  attachment  put  out  by 
Me  Hally  &  Gnuninger  of  Philadelphia  for  playing  Edison  records 
on  Victor  machines,  to  ascertain  if  we  can  stop  the  sale  of  the 
same,  and  oonferenoe  v/ith  Mr«  Looming  in  regard  thereto.  Pre¬ 
paring  report  for  Liar •  Wilson  ve  same- 

Memorandum  to  L.  W.  Me  Chesney  in  regard  to  the  im¬ 
portation  from  Canada  of  a  Kinetophone  outfit. 

looking  up  English  income  tax  rate  for  Mr.  Walter 

Eolcert . 

Conference  with  Mr.  L.  VV.  Me  Chesney  with  respect 
to  Canadian  Customs  matters  and  Home  P.  K.  situation. 

Investigation  of  circumstances  under  which  a  pro¬ 
jecting  machine  was  consigned  to  Mr.  iaylor  of  Hew  York  lty. 

Checking  up  material  to  be  turned  over  to  Mr. 

H.  C.  Boss  bv  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  and  preparing  statement 
f or  Mr . °Powrie 1 8  signature  authorising  us  to  turn  the  same 
over  to  Mr.  Boss. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Further  validity  search  on  patents  involved  in  suit 
of  the  Victor  Company  against  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  Conference 
with  Mr.  Holden  re  same. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Me  Gall  with  respect  to  the 
patentable  features  in  the  new  dry  cell  which  we  propose  to 
put  out. 

Three  United  States  Patent  applications  amended. 

One  Foreign  patent  application  amended. 


M  P.IJDIHG  FEBRUARY  lg.  1915. 

Going  over  proposed  answer  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Incorporated  in  suit  brought  against  us  hy  the  Greater  Hew 
York  Film  Rental  Company. 

Preparing  forms  of  letter  to  be  sent  by  Mr.  Wilson 
to  Messrs.  Marks  and  Wagner. 

Discussing  with  Mr.  Lanahan  the  advisability  of 
re-issuing  the  Saltzman  and  Bliss  patents. 

Trip  to  Hew  York  on  account  of  the  Jobbers' 

Conference  with.  Mr.  Swanson  and  Messrs.  Wilson, 
Maxwell  and  Philips,  regarding  the  carrying  on  of  the  Swanson 

Conference  with  Mr.  Curry  and  Messrs.  Wilson,  Maxwell 
and  Philips  concerning  the  establishment  of  Mr.  Curry  as  a 
jobber  at  Dallas. 

Going  over  and  revising  proposed  letter  to  Mr.  Curry 
setting  forth  the  conditions  under  which  we  will  extend  him 
credit  for  conducting  a  jobbing  business  at  Dallas. 

Going  over  agreement  between  Mr.  Edison  and  Edison 
Portland  Cement  Company  with  reference  to  proposed  dissolution 
of  Horth  American  Portland  Dement  Company  and  the  revesting  of 
patent  rights  in  Mr.  Edison-  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden 
and  Mallory.  Going  over  Edison  patents  involved. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Gill  re  proposed  contract  between 
American  Optical  Company  and  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  for 
motion  pictures  for  advertising  purposes.  Revising  proposed 
contract.  Copies  handed  to  fcfr.  Gill. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  advisability  of  applying 
for  reissue  of  Bliss  and  Saltzman  patents  because  of  errors  made 
by  Patent  Office. 

Attending  at  Lab or at ory  "for  taking  acknowledgments 
of  Miller  heirs.  Took  acknowledgments  of  Messrs.  J.  V.  Miller, 
and  Lewis  A.  Miller  February  9th  and  Mrs.  Edison  February  10th. 
Making  certificates  thereto  and  attending  to  having  County  Clerk' 
certificates  affixed,  etc.  Memo,  to  Mr.  J.  V.  Miller  as  to  ac¬ 
knowledgments  taken  in  Connecticut. 

Conference  with  Hr.  Knoblook  re  proposed  contract  with 
Dixie  Manufacturing  Company,  Inc. 


Making  suggestions  as  to  proposed  letters  to  Edison 
Dictating  Machine  distributors  with  reference  to  signing  new 
agreement . 

Going  over  proposed  letter  to  Texas  ii  Oklahoma  Phono¬ 
graph  Company,  and  conference  with  Mr.  Holden. 

Telephone  conference  with  Mr.  Hudson  re  Stevens  vs. 

Hyde  interference  and  proposed  conference  with  Mr.  Hobson  of 
Union  Switch  and  Signal  Company. 

Conference  with  Mr*  Langley  re  amendment  of  rectifier 

Foreign  Kinet  onhone  Matters : 

Going  over  letters  for  Mr.  Stevens  to 
Altschul  and  Gold,  Swedish  group  and  Linton  South 
American  Company. 

Attending  to  execution  and  filing  of  annual  report 
and  designation  of  new  statutory  agent  for  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company  in  Illinois. 

Consideration  of  correspondence  re  working  of 
Australian  Patent  on  our  Lise  Phonograph. 

Preparation  of  assignment  of  Aylsworth  application 
Folio  632,  to  Condensite  Company  and  of  license  from  Condensite 
Company  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  under  said  application. 

In  the  matter  of  German  Patent  Application  on  our 
synchronizer  filed  by  Mr.  Graf,  consideration  of  allowed  claims 
and  of  question  of  paying  second  tax,  and  letter  to  Mr.  Graf  re 
assignment  of  said  application  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

•  Looking  up  income  tax  lav/  with  respect  to  the  question 
of  filing  an  income  tax  report  for  The  Phonograph  Company  of  the 

Consideration  of  allowed  Folio  936,  Alternating  Current 
Heetifiers  and  Hectifying  Systems,  and  conference  with  Messrs. 
Holden  and  Durand  with  respect  thereto. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Lewis  with  respect  to  a  new  stay- 
arm  invented  by  him. 

Preparing  description  of  invention  of  Mr.  John  V. 

Miller  and  letter  to  Bacon  &  Mi Ians  requesting  a  preliminary 
search  to  be  made  on  same. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Consideration  of  patents  on  storage  battery  con¬ 
struction  assigned  to  the  Gould  Storage  Battery  Company  to 
ascertain  if  same  have  any  bearing  on  our  submarine  cell  con¬ 
struct!  on. 


Conference  with  Messrs.  Me  Gall  ana  lewis  with  regard 
to  application  to  he  filed  on  new  dry  battery. 

Conference  with  Mr.  lanahan  with  regard  to  the 
construction  of  our  rectifiers  and  consideration  of  the  con¬ 
structions  disclosed  in  several  patents  on  rectifiers- 

Consideration  of  patents  sued  on  by  the  Victor 
Company  and  further  validity  search  on  these  patents. 

Consideration  of  claims  allowed  in  Polio  892  in  con¬ 
nection  with  the  attachment  being  marketed  by  Mcllally  & 
Gruninger  of  Philadelphia  for  playing  Edison  records  oh  VietOJ 

Mine  United  States  Patent  Applications  amended. 



letter  to  Mr.  Bull  concerning  new  defences  in  the 
suit  of  Victor  vs.  Edison. 

letter  to  Messrs.  Bloodgood,  Kemper  So  Bloodgood 
concerning  examination  of  Me  Greal  under  the  pending  Bank¬ 
ruptcy  proceedings. 

Discussing  with  Mr.  Edison  as  to  whether  or  not  the 
north  American  Portland  Cement  Company  should  he  dissolved. 

letter  to  Ur.  W.  H.  Miller  advising  him  as  to 
whether  or  not  it  is  necessary  to  obtain  special  licenses 
for  the  making  of  orchestrations  to  he  used  for  making  Phono¬ 
graph  records. 

Trip  to  Hew  York  to  confer  with  Messrs.  Bull  and 
Bentley  regarding  the  defence  of  suit  of  Victor  vs.  Edison. 

Going  over  new  jobbers'  agreement  and  trade  letter 
regarding  same . 

Interview  with  Mr.  Young  concerning  alleged  infringe¬ 
ment  of  Shephard  Patent  No.  912,039. 

Conferring  with  Ur.  Stevens  in  regard  to  our  contro¬ 
versy  with  Hopkins,  dictating  machine  distributor  at  london. 

Proposed  contract  between  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company 
and  Dixie  Manufacturing  Co., Inc.  for  installation  of  d'ust  col¬ 
lecting  system.  Going  over  patents  furnished  by  Dixie  Company. 
Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  patents.  Conference  with  Mr. 
Knobloeh  and  preparation  of  final  form  of  contract.  Copies 
handed  to  Mr.  Knobloeh  February  20th. 

Going  over  Carpenter  patents  preparatory  to  conference 
with  Mr.  Edison.  Conference  v/ith  Mr.  Edison  and  Mr.  Holden 
at  laboratory  re  North  American  Portland  Cement  Company's  agree¬ 
ment.  Preparation  of  letter  to  Mr.  Wight. 

Going  over  proposed  contract  between  Klipstein  Company 
and  Edison  Chemical  Works  for  purchase  of  potaBh.  Revising  same 
and  conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden,  John  V.  Miller  and  Gellatly 
with  respect  thereto. 

Going  over  proposed  settlement  of  Stevens  vs.  Hyde 
interference . 

Conference  with  Mr.  Bee  and  suggesting  changes  in  pro¬ 
posed  form  of  contract  for  house  lighting  outfits. 

Going  over  entire  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company 

at  Newark.  looking  into  question  of , ^“t^ren^billf  ' 
Edison  for  payment  of  Federal  Company  s  water  rent  till. 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  H.  F.  Miller  re  tilling  Giant  Rolls 
to  Victoria  Gypsum  Mining  and  Manufacturing  Company,  Ltd. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Ross  re  form  of  guaranty  of 
tatteries  and  revision  of  same. 

Going  over  agreement  tetween  Edison  Storage  Battery 

ass  s&tustc? 

polling  passenger  cars.  Conference  with  Mr. 
ffnraign  Kinetonhone  Matters/- 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  visit  of  Mr. 
Uicolorio  and  proposition  of  French  group  to 

Going  over  letters  for  Mr.  Stevens. 

date  of  invention. 

looking  over  correspondence  with 
Commission  in  regard  to  various  reports  of  injuries  to  our 
employee ^and  ooKence  with  Mr.  Frost  in  regard  to  same. 

looking  over  files  of  Mr.  %er-  in  Legal  Department 
to  pick  out  papers  belonging  to  the  Edison  interests. 

Trin  to  Edison  Portland  Cement  Works  at  Hew  Village 
in  connection  with  invention  of  Mr.  Mason  on  packing  cement 
for  shipment. 

Revision  of  assignment  and  license  : 
cation,  (Folio  632). 

Diamond  Interference:  letters  to  Messrs 
and  Louis  Hall  and  filing  stipulated  exhibits. 

Aylsworth  appli- 
Pay  &  Oberlin 

Going  over  papers  in  the  Victor  suit  and  discussing 
with  Mr.  Holden  new  defenses  in  such  suit. 

Investigation  of  revised  Canadian  tariff  rates. 

1'rip  to  Hew  York  to  ascertain  how  the  increase  in 
Canadian  Customs  rates  affects  our . products . 

Correspondence  with  respect  to  valuation  for  Canadian 
duty  purposes  of  short  strips  of  film  containing  announcement 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Bentley,  Bull  and  Pauling 
with  respect  to  our  defenses  in  the  Victor  suit,  involving  three 
trips  to  Hew  York. 

Going  over  reports  v/ith  respect  to  the  question  of 
infringement  of  patent  Ho.  912,039  by  the  Amberola  VIII  and  X 

Securing  further  data  for  Mr.  Bentley's  use  in  connec¬ 
tion  with  the  Victor  suit. 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Wilson  with  respect 
to  allowed  application  (Polio  834)  covering  a  fire  shutter  mechan¬ 
ism  for  projecting  machines. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Search  for  old  Edison  coin  slot  phonograph  in  connec¬ 
tion  with  anticipating  the  claims  in.  patent  Ho.  912,039. 

Search  for  model  of  the  original  Edison  disc  machine 
made  in  1878. 


Pour  United  States  Patebt  applications  amended. 


Going  over  Aylsworth  Condensite  applications  with 
Mr.  Baohmann,  in  order  to  decide  as  to  proper  course  of  prose¬ 

Going  over  claims  in  Edison  applications  covering 
our  concealed  horn  machines. 

Going  over  proposed  consignment  agreement  with 
Swanson,  Houston,  Texas- 

Going  over  hills  introduced  in  Hew  Jersey  Legisr- 
lature  to  see  which  ones  might  affect  our  business.  More  than 
five  hundred  have  been  introduced  in  the  Assembly,  and  more 
than  two  hundred  in  the  Senate. 

Preparing  letters  to  be  sent  by  Mr.  Wilson  to  Messrs. 
Thorhauer  and  Graf  concerning  the  retaining  of  Mr-  Thorhauer  on 
our  pay  roll. 

Going  over  printer's  proof  of  now  jobbers'  agreement. 

Preparing  letters  from  Mr.  Wilson  and  myself  to 
Messrs.  Stanohfield  &  Levy  concerning  infringement  of  our 
copyright  on  "Bill's  Sweetheart". 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company-  Conference  with 
Mr.  H.  E.  Miller  re  water  bill  paid  for  Federal  Company  by  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  Incorporated  on  Mr.  Edison's  behalf.  Conferences  with 
Messrs.  Philips  and  Eckert.  Dictating  proof  of  claim  of  Mr.  Edison 
against  Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  for  bill  as  paid. 

Proposed  consignment  agreement  between  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Incorporated  and  J.  H.  Swanson  prepared.  Copies  handed  to  Mr. 

Proposed  consignment  agreement  between  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Incorporated  and  Herman  B.  Anderson  prepared,  with  guaranty. 

Going  over  contraot  between  Thomas  A.  Edison, Limited 
and  Jury's  Imperial  Pictures  Limited  relating  to  the  motion  pic¬ 
ture  "The  Man  in  the  Street".  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Wilson  and  sug¬ 
gestions  as  to  changes  in  form  of  such  contracts. 

Proposed  contract  between  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company 
and  Dixie  Manufacturing  Company.  Conference  with  Mr.  Knobloch. 
Final  revision  of  contract  and  preparation  of  letter  to  Dixie 
Company  re  signing  of  contract.  Conference  with  Messrs.  Knobloch 
and  Leitoh. 


Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  and  Prof.  Radke  on  question 
of  furnishing  information  to  hyer  &  Taylor  for  use  in  suit  on 
Burke  patent  Ho.  1,053,940  against  Independent  Pneumatic  Tool 
Company.  Going  over  patent.  Conference  with  Messrs.  Langley 
and  Durand. 

Going  over  papers  relating  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ltd., 
with  reference  to  steps  to  he  taken  to  comply  with  formalities 
required  by  law. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Ross  re  proposed  contract  between 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  and  Schaefer  Decker  Company. 
Revising  same. 

Preparation  of  proposed  agreement  between  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company  and  Standard  Waygood  Hercules  limited  for  type  A 
cells  ih  Australia.  Conference  with  Messrs.  Millar  and  Perry. 
Dictating  draft  of  agreement. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  letter  to  Phorhauer. 

looking  into  question  of  recording  assignments  of  motion 
picture  rights  raised  by  letter  from  Alice  Kauser.  letter  to  Mr. 
Plimpton  on  this  subject. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  cablegram  from  Mr.  Wagner 
on  matter  of  lease  by  Thomas  A.  Edison, limited  of  Wardour  Street 
premises.  Assisting  in  preparing  cablegrams  to  Mr.  Wagner  and 
Sir  George  Marks,  and  preparing  certified  copy  of  minutes  showing 
appointment  of  Mr.  Stevens  as  director. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Holden,  Durand  and  Coolidge 
re  proposed  Herman  B.  Anderson  consignment  agreement. 

Going  over  Perme  papers. 

'looking  into  request  of  Albert  Me He any  to  use  name 
Edison  in  suit  against  purchaser  of  phonograph  on  installment 

Revision  of  agreement  between  Pathe  Preres  Phonograph 
Company  and  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  in  regard  to  trade 
mark  "Diamond". 

looking  over  correspondence  and  conferences  with  Messrs. 
Berggren,  Hallowell  and  Ireton  in  regard  to  the  default  of  our 
former  salesman,  Mr.  Silverman,  in  the  settlement  for  goods  con¬ 
signed  to  him;  and  looking  up  law  as  to  Mr.  SilvermanTs 
criminal  liability. 

Making  list  of  patents  owned  by  the  Edison  interests 
of  which  copies  are  to  be  ordered  for  the  legal  Department. 

Revision  of  restriction  notice  and  patent  dates  on 
Dictating  Machine  Case  label. 


Conference  with  Mr.  Brown,  Dictating  Machine  Department, 
in  regard  to  automatic  dictation  index  offered  for  sale  by  one  of 
our  competitors. 

In  the  matter  of  the  letters  of  the  Commissioner  of 
Patents  calling  attention  to  certain  claims  on  a  swinging  horn 
phonograph  construction  in  an  application  not  ours  in  the  Patent 
Office:  Preparation  of  memorandum  of  Mr.  Edison's  dates  of 
invention  and  correction  of  sketches  made  by  Mr.  lewis  to  show 
the  non  patentability  of  the  said  claims. 

Conferences  with  Mr.  Lewis  and  Mr.  Mason,  in  regard  to 
patent  drawings  for  Mr.  Mason's  invention  on  packing  Portland 
cement . 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Search  for  model  of  the  original  Edison  Disc  Phonograph, 
involving  trip  to  Silver  Lake. 

Trip  to  Hew  York  and  discussion  with  Mr.  Bentley  of 
references  and  defenses  in  Victor  suit. 

Search  for  old  phonograph  of  the  Graphophone  type 
for  Mr.  Bentley's  use  in  the  Victor  suit. 

Investigation  to  determine  which  of  the  patents  owned 
by  us  cover  the  phonograph  goods  to  be  listed  on  our  new  Jobbers 
and  Dealers  agreements.  Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  with  regard 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  L.  W.  Me  Chesney  with  respect  to  the 
special  riling  made  by  the  Canadian  Customs  Department  with 
respect  to  the  valuation  for  duty  purposes  of  short  strips  of 
film  containing  titles. 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Edison  and  Gall  with  respect 
to  filing  new  application  and  dropping  a  pending  application. 

Consideration  of  Edison  patent  Ho.  609,268  on  Disc 
Phonograph  and  conference  with  Mr.  Holden  with  respect  thereto 
to  determine  if  same  is  of  any  importance  to  us  in  connection 
with  the  Victor  suit. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Durand  and  Lanahan  with  respect 
to  the  question  of  filing  an  application  on  a  rectifier  designed 
by  Mr.  Langley. 

Consideration  of  references  against  claim  21  of  Thoma 
patent  #949,991,  on  which  we  have  been  sued,  and  conference  with 
Mr.  Holden  to  determine  field  to  be  covered  in  searching  for 
further  references  against  this  claim. 

Hour  United  States  Patent  applications  amended. 

MHL  - - 



Reading  over  copy  of  mortgage  which  Becures  the  bonds 
of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works,  and  advising  Mr.  Berggren  that 
nothing  need  he  done  by  the  trustee  or  by  the  Works  in  case  a 
bond  holder,  for  instance,  Mtb.  Edison,  does  not  present  her 
bonds  for  payment  when  due. 

Going  over  revised  jobbers  agreement  with  Mr. 

Maxwell  • 

Going  over  proposed  agreement  submitted  by  Mr.  Gill 
for  the  making  of  a  motion  picture,  and  conferring  with  Mr. 
lanahan  in  regard  to  same. 

Advising  Mr.  1.  W.  Mo  Chesney  in  regard  to  what  can 
be  done  towards  obtaining  copyright  protection  upon  motion 
picture  films  during  the  interval  when  it  is  impossible  to 
ship  to  London  early  enough  to  permit  us  to  file  and  withdraw 
copies  from  the  United  States  Copyright  Office. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Hudson  in  regard  to  complaint  of 
price  cutting  in  California  on  Primary  Battery,  and  advising 
him  in  regard  thereto. 

Going  over  our  agreements  with  Mr.  Higham,  and 
advising  Mr.  Wilson  in  regard  thereto. 

Going  over  correspondence  betweenBoard  of  Panama 
Pacific  Managers  for  Massachusetts,  L.  W.  Me  Chesney  and  Mr. 
Plimpton,  in  regard  to  the  film  entitled  "The  Boston  Tea  Party", 
and  drafting  letter  to  be  sent  by  Mr.  Mo  Chesney  stating  our 

letter  to  Albert  Me  Kenney,  Phonograph  Dealer  in 
Waterloo,  Quebec,  advising  him  as  to  how  his  Buit  should  be 
brought  for  collection  of  price  of  Edison  Phonograph  sold  on 
the  installment  plan,  and  that  it  will  not  be  necessary  to  join 
the  Edison  Company  as  a  plaintiff. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Coolidge  re  proposed  contract  with 
Herman  B.  Anderson.  Hew  form  of  agreement  prepared.  Confer¬ 
ences  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Coolidge  re  same. 

Going  over  minutes  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ltd.  with 
reference  to  reply  to  Sir  George  Croydon  Marks'  cablegram.  Con¬ 
ference  with  Mr.  Stevens.  Planning  to  put  Company's  affairs  in 
formal  order 


Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  -  Arranging  for 
interview  between  Messrs.  Edison  and  Usman.  Memorandum  to  Mr.' 
Edison  re  proposed  settlement.  Preparing  petition  in  the  matter 
of  Mr.  Edison's  rent  claim  and  proof  of  supplementary  claim  for 
water  bill  paid  in  revised  form.  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden 
and  H.  F.  Miller  relating  to  these  papers  and  having  the  same 
signed  by  Mr.  Edison.  Attending  conference  of  Messrs.  Edison, 
lisman.  Philips.,  and  Klopmann(?)  (Thursday)  re  settlement  and 
modification  of  contract.  Making  arrangements  for  filing 
petition  and  proof  of  claim  in  Bankruptcy  Court  (Friday).  At¬ 
tending  at  Bankruptcy  Court,  filing  claim  and  petition,  and  having 
rule  to  show  cause  signed  by  Heferee.  Serving  copies  of  petition 
and  rule  to  show  cause  on  Mr.  lindabury,  Trustee.  Conference 
with  Mr.  lindabury  on  question  of  Mr*  Edison  testifying  in  the 
Bankruptcy  cause.  Making  copy  at  Court  of  order  obtained  by 
Trustee  for  subpoena  for  Mr.  Edison.  Conferences  with  Messrs. 
Holden  and  Edison  re  proposed  examination  of  Mr.  Edison,  letter 
to  Mr.  lindabury 

Proposed  contract  between  Dixie  Manufacturing  Co.  Inc. 
and  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  -  Conference  with  Messrs. 
Knoblooh  and  leitch.  Going  over  contract  signed  by  Dixie  Company 
and  approving  same  for  execution  by  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company. 

Going  over  bulletin  of  instructions  and  information  on 
Electrio  Safety  Mine  lamps  for  Mr.  Andrews.  Conference  with 
Mr.  H.  H.  Smith  re  filler  described  in  bulletin. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Andrews  and  dictating  form  of 
license  to  be  signed  by  Mr.  W.  E.  Holland  re  article  "Effect 
of  low  Temperatures  on  Alkaline  Batter ies"copyrighted  in  Holland's 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  copyrighting  films  not 
to  be  sold  at  present. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Hudson  re  proposed 
settlement  of  Stevens  vs.  Hyde  interference. 

Preparation  of  letter  to  Dixie  Manufacturing  Company 
for  Mr.  Knoblooh  relating  to  change  in  contract. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  Solorzano  and  Perme. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Gill  re  proposed  contract  between 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  and  William  M.  Grosvenor  for 
Photographing  certain  motion  piotureB.  Dictating  revised  con¬ 

In  the  matter  of  the  registration  of  the  words 
"Diamond  Disc"  as  a  trade  mark  for  phonographs.  Conferences 
with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Maxwell,  and  arranging  for  the  printing 
of  suitable  labels  containing  said  mark  to  be  applied  to  our 
B-80  Disc  Phonographs. 


In  the  matter  of  the  letters  of  the  Commissioner  of 
Patents  re  claims  on  swinging  horn  phonograph  construction:  In¬ 
vestigating  first  commercial  use  of  our  Disc  Phonograph. 

In  the  matter  of  the  transfer  of  the  Seymour  Warden 
property  in  Putnam  Valley,  New  York.  Consideration  of  corres- 
pon&ence,  conference  with  to*  Holden,  and  trip  to  Hew  York  City 
and  to  Brewster  and  Carmel,  H.  Y.  re  title  search. 

Consideration  of  filling  device  described  in  Storage 
Battery  pamphlet  on  the  Edison  Safety  Lamp,  and  of  the  patentabil¬ 
ity  of  the  said  device. 

Ordering  patents  to  complete  set  of  Phonograph  patents 
in  Legal  Department. 

Search  for  paperB  in  Thoma  vs.  Edison  Interference. 
Going  over  papers  in  interference  Thoma  &  Thoma  vs. 


Looking  into  question  of  whether  any  sapphire  repro¬ 
ducers  are  to  be  listed  in  our  jobbers  and  dealers  agreements. 

Discussion  with  Mr.  John  Ott  with  respect  to  modi¬ 
fications  in  our  disc  machines  to  avoid  certain  claims  in  an 
application  now  pending  in  the  Patent  Office. 

Trip  to  New  York  for  conferences  with  Messrs.  Bentley 
and  Bull  re  defenses  in  the  Victor  suit  and  to  look  up  records 
of  suits  in  which  several  of  the  claims  of  Victor  Patent  No. 
814,786  were  adjudicated. 

Consideration  of  proposed  modification  of  our  disc 
machine  to  determine  if  the  same  avoids  certain  claims  in  the 
Blagden  Patent  Ho.  671,305,  and  conference  with  Mr.  Holden  with 
respect  thereto. 

Validity  search  on  claim  25  of  Blagden  Patent  No. 


Verifying  patent  numbers  and  dates  to  be  applied  to 
our  new  form  of  jobbers  agreements. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  TheisB  and  Chum  in  regard  to 
a  new  tripod  invented  by  Mr.  'fheiss . 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  pat¬ 
ents  which  may  affect  our  buBineBS. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Redfearn  with  regard  to  the  con¬ 
struction  of  the  old  Model  C  Edison  dictating  machine  and  a 
search  for  such  machine. 

Search  for  Edison  United  States  patent  showing  means 
for  lifting  the  floating  weight  independently  of  the  sound  box. 

Preparing  answer  in  suit  on  Thoma  patent. 

Pour  United  States  Patent  Applications  amended. 

VfKimc  WNDTUG  MARCH  15.  1915  . 

Trip  to  Washington  in  connection  with  the  following 
matters:  question  of  patentability  of  claims  contained 

in  letter  from  the  Commissioner  of  Patents  asking  for  to. 
Edison's  date  of  invention  of  subject  matter  of  said  claims 
disclosed  in  to.  Edison's  pending  applications  covering 
enclosed  horn  disc  phonographs. 

Interviewing  Primary  and  Assistant  Examiner*  on  same 

Interviewing  Assistant  Examiner  on 
requiring  division  of  Edison  Applicatioi 
Record  Tablets. 

the  question  of 
i  Polio  912  -  Sound 

Making  Validity  search  on  Thoma  Patent. 

Taking  down  numbers  of  patents  relating  to  coin  slot 
apparatus  for  the  charging  of  Btorage  batteries. 

Taking  down  numbers  of  patents  relating  to  coin  slot 

Discussing  with  to.  Maxwell  the  question  of  whether 
or  not  the  new  jobbers*  agreement  should  specify  the  minimum 
amounts  to  be  purchased  by  jobbers. 

Discussing  with  to.  Berggren  the  situation  as  regards 
the  collection  of  the  note  of  the  Cniplate  Company  endorsed  by 
Mr  Powrie  which  is  held  by  us.  Also  the  question  of  the  advisa¬ 
bility  of  giving  employees  notice  that  in  case  of  discharge,  etc., 
we  reserve  the  right  to  pay  them  on  the  regular  pay  day. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Bull  in  regard  to  the  situation 
of  the  Edison  disc  phonograph  applications  in  wkich  the  Comission- 
er  asked  for  to.  Edison's  date  of  invention,  and  deciding  on  the 
best  procedure  to  adopt. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Redding  in  regard  to  the  status  of 
the  Horth  American  Portland  Cement  Company,  and  recommending  that 
this  Company  be  kept  alive  and  no  new  agreement  be  entered  into 
with  to.  Edison.  to.  Redding  stated  that  he  was  reducing  the 
capitalization  to  fifty  thousand  dollars  (§50,000.)  and  would 
not  dissolve  the  Company  at  present. 


Proposed  contract  between  William  M.  Grosvenor  ana  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  incorporated  -  Conference  with  Mr-  Sill-  Reading  over 
contract  ana  approving  same  as  to  form- 

Conference  with  Mr.  Coolidge  re  agreement  between  outlying 
representative  ana  Oklahoma  Dictating  Machine  Company. 

Dictating  supplemental  contract  between  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company  and  Usman  &  Company.  Submitting  same  to  Mr. 

Edison.  Preparing  letter  instead  of  formal  contract.  Same 
submitted  to  Mr.  Edison  and  approved  by  him.  letter  to  Mr. 
Steinhardt  regarding  the  above  and  also  settlement  with  Edison 
Company.  Conference  with  Mr.  PhilipB- 

Herman  B.  Anderson  contract  turned  over  to  Mr.  Coolidge 
with  instructions  regarding  manner  of  execution  of  same. 

looking  into  question  of  paying  annual  tax  on  British 
Patent  Ho.  1988  of  1906. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  Australian  Home  Kineto- 
scope  patent. 

Conference  with  Mr-  Stevens  re  Perme  uapers. 

Proposed  contract  between  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company 
and  Standard  Waygood  Hercules  limited  for  type  A.  cells  in  Austral¬ 
ia.  Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  and  revision  of  contract.  Revised 
copy  handed  to  Mr.  Stevens. 

Soing  over  Higham  agreements  at  request  of  Mr.  Wilson 
and  preparation  of  memorandum  to  Mr.  Wilson. 

Going  over  letter-  from  Mr.  Plimpton  re  Proposed  contract 
with  Mrs.  Eiske  with  reference  to  production  of  Vanity  Pair  . 
letter  to  Mr.  Plimpton  with  reference  thereto. 

Revising  House  lighting  Riant  contract  form  for  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company.  Conference  with  Mr.  Storts. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Maxwell  re  new  Jobbers  Agreements. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Bachmannra  further 
procedure  with  reference  to  claims  suggested  in  Mr.  Edison  s 
phonograph  applications. 

Going  over  papers  in  connection  with  insurance  policy 
of  1.  E.  MoGreal.  flonferenoe  with  Mr.  Holden  and  memorandum  to 
Mr.  Berggren. 

Preliminary  work  on  proposed  pledge  agreement  with  Texas 
Oklahoma  Phonograph  Company. 


Further  work  on  Thomas  A.  Eaison,  limited  matters. 

Revising  letter  with  reference  to  lisman  Company. con¬ 
tract  as  per  suggestions  contained  in  letter  from  Mr.  Rein¬ 
hardt  .. 

Going  over  bulletin  Mo.  1234  relating  to  safety  mine 
lamps  for  Advertising  Department  of  Edison  Storage  Battery 

looking  up  at  law  library  in  Mew  York  law  relating  to 
right  of  married  women  to  contract  in  the  State  of  Texas  with 
reference  to  proposed  agreement  with  Texas 

Company.  Ale?  looking  up  statute  giving  authority  to  Commissioner 
of  Corporations  to  require  reports  from  corporations. 

lisman  &  Company  contract  -  revised  letter  to  lisman  & 
Company  submitted  to  Mr.  Edison  and  signed  by  him.  better  from 
Mr.  Steinhardt  re  settlement  considered.  Question  of  how  stoox 
which  Edison  interests  are  to  receive  from  Ra*lway  storage  Bwter 
Car  Company  has  been  issued  or  iB  to  be  issued  considered, 
to  Mr.  Steinhardt. 

In  the  matter  of  the  claims  called  to  our  attention 
by  the  Commissioner  of  Patents  in  connection  with  Edis  011  £PP^°a" 
tions  Folios  701  and  879;  Conference  with  Mr.  Holden,  looxmg 
up  decisions  on  different  courses  of  procedure  open  to  us;  con¬ 
ference  with  Mr.  Edison;  and  preparation  of  amendments  to  said 

Consideration  of  agreement  between  Pathe  Freres  Phono¬ 
graph  Company  and  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated,  re  trade  mark 
^Diamond",  and  attending  to  the  execution  ofsameonbehalfof 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated;  also 

for  securing  judgment  on  record  against  the  Diamond  Talking 
Machine  Company  in  Diamond  Interference. 

Conference  with  Mr. 
constructions  to  avoid  claims 
Commissioner  of  Patents. 

Conference  with  Mr. 
between  Mr.  Higham  and  Thomas 

Consideration  of  an 
suit  of  Thoma  vs.  Edison. 

Preparing  answer  in  £ 

Conferenoe  with  Mr.  3 
features  embodied  in  old  types 

Discussion  with  Mr.  ■ 
proposed  modifications  of  our  i 

Weekly  examination  o: 
ents  which  may  affect  our  busi: 

.  Constable  re  possible  phonograph 
s  called  to  our  attention  by  the 

.  lanahan  in  regard  to  agreement 
s  A.  Edison,  Incorporated. 

nswer  prepared  by  Mr.  Hardy  for 

n  suit  on  Thoma  patent  Ho. 949, 991* 

■.  Redfearn  with  regard  to  certain 
>es  of  phonographs. 

:.  John  Ott  with  respect  to  various 
ir  diBo  machine. 

l  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  pat- 

Consideration  of  references  found  in  ejection  with 
searches  on  Shot*  patent  Ho.  949,991,  t°  determine  which  shall 
he  cited  in  the  answer  in  Choma  suit. 

looking  up  U.  S.  patents  on  phonography  with  a  view  to 
finding  all  patentsPdiscl08ing  enclosed  horn  machines. 

Preparati on  of  stipulation  extending  time  for  filing 
answer  in  l'homa  suit. 

Going  over  abstract  of  file  wrapper  of  Thoma  patent 
No.,  949,991. 

patent  applications. 

US  • 

Six  United  States  Patent  Applications  amended. 

fyt/rv  - ___ 


Report  of  V/ork  Done  in  Legal  Department  r 
Week  Ending  March  20,  1915.  M 


Letter  to  Mr.  Plimpton  advising  as  to  steps  to  "be  taken 
in  case  additional  oh jectionable  letters  are  received  from  Mrs.  Garron. 

Conferring  with  Messrs.  Berggren  and  H.  P .  Miller  as  to  what 
should  he  done  hy  them  in  regard  to  subpoena  duces  tecum  in  suit 
brought  in  So.  Dist.  of  N.  Y.  by  Burke  Electric  Co. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Maxwell  concerning  changes  in  the  new 
jobbers  agreement. 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  Wilson  in  regard  to  consolidation  of 
Edison  Phono.  Works  and  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

Attending  examination  of  Messrs.  Durand  and  Berggren  in  the 
suit  brought  by  the  Burke  Electric  Co. 

Going  over  the  abstract  of  the  Seymour-War den  property. 

Going  over  several  hundred  more  bills  introduced  in  the 
New  Jersey  legislature. 

Going  over  new  Class  A  Dealers  Agreement. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Bull  in  regard  to  the  letter  of  the 
Commissioner  of  Patents  requiring  Mr.  Edison  to  disclose  his  dates  of 
invention  in  disc  phonograph  applications. 

looking  up  law  in  regard  to  consignments  in  the  Province  of 
Quebec,  Canada. 

Advising  Dictating  Machine  Dept,  that  the  goods  should  not 
be  consigned  into  Quebeo  as  their  sale  by  the  consignee  would  con¬ 
stitute  him  our  agent  doing  business  in  Quebeo. 

Looking  up  law  in  regard  to  pledges  in  connection  with  the 
Edison  Shop  of  the  Oranges. 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Co.  -  Arranging  for  Mr.  Edison 
to  testify.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Edison  re  lease  of  premises  to  Federal 
Co.  Attending  at  Bankruptcy  Court,  Newark  with  Messrs.  Edison  and 
Philips  for  examination  of  Mr.  Edison.  Examination  adjourned  until 
March  30th'  at  11  A.  M.  Witness  directed  to  produce  certain  papers. 
Conference  with  Mr.  lindabury,  the  Trustee.  Conference  with  Mr.  Ward 
representing  lisman  &  Co.  Going  over  papers  in  Mr.  Edison's  file  in 
connection  with  order  of  Referee  to  produce  certain  papers. 


Conference  with  Mr.  Holden 
Burke  suit. 

“«“* »  -  a- 

3  subpoena  duces  tecum  in  the 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  Jury  Kinetophone  contract 
and  Edison  Accumulators  limited  contract. 

Wofla-rni  Storaee  Battery  Car  Co.  -  Phone  conferences  with 
Messrs.  Frazer  and  Ward  re  proceedings  in  Edison  rent  claim.  Confer¬ 
ence  v/ith  Mr.  Philips.  Preparation  for  hearing  on  the  18th. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Wilson  and  Stevens  re  Hopkins  and 
Jury  contracts. 

n  an  •Pay*  an  a  a  with  Mr.  Hutchison  re  amendment  in  Folio  876. 

ski  sST-Ssss  ~ 

■  Si ss«”- 

Edison-lisman  contract. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  situation  arising  out  of 

randum  and  copy  sent  to  Mr.  Stevens. 

Consideration  of  letters  from  Mr.  F.  A.  Burnham  and  Wetter 
numbering  Machine  Co.  re  patent  Ho.  721,276  on  retarding  spring. 
Taking  steps  to  have  dates  and- patents  looked  up.  let 

Triti  to  Hew  York  to  induce  Mr.  Hall  to  bring  on  motion  in 
the  time  allowed. 

Consideration  of  drawings  of  John  Ott  on  concealed  horn 
phonographs,  and  conferences  with  Messrs.  Constable  and  John  Ott  in 
regard  to  the  same* 

In  the  matter  of  the  proposed  sale  of  the  Seymour-Warden 


letter  from  the  Secretary  of  State  of  Hew  Y^j9“on  £a  ^l^f 
of  deed  to  be  granted;  conference  with  Mr.  Miller. 

Hew  York  Concentrating  Works;  and  conference  with  Mr.  Harry  Miller. 

Consideration  of  form  of  and  patent  date b  uP°JnR®^°duoer 
labels,  Form  707,  and  memorandum  to  Mr.  Webb  in  regard  to 



t2xz8sf£sr<z  sSffAKK  srssrs 

February  1915. 

Consideration  of  form  of  and  patent  dates  upon  phonograph 
case  labels,  Form  442. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Constable  with  respect  to  patent  Ho. 


Discussion  with  Messrs.  BwM ““.'.ilSS  t°o  ».,;ssj«»  •*  «>• 

word  "Tele script "  as  a  trade  mark. 

Looking  up  patents  covering  two  ana  forc  minute  i reooraBrs 
and  combination  Ittlchments  for  Home  and  Standard  machines. 

Revision  of  patent  numbers  and  dates  on  Jobbers  and  Dealers 

„oMns  s.rr^2»rs?^ 


Looking  over  papers  in  suit  of  Thoma  vs.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Revision  of  patent  dates  on  labels  for  packing  cases  of 

Cahill  with  respect  thereto, 

Looking  over  11  patents  submitted  by  Hr.  Thomas  C.  Powell  to 
determine  if  the  same  are  of  interest  to  us. 

Letter  to  John  V.  Miller  in  regard  to  can  closure  designed 

by  him. 


Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents  which 
may  affect  our  business. 

Consideration  of  allowed.  Folio  930  and  conference  with  Mr. 
Holden  with  respect  to  filing  an  amendment  thereto  under  Rule 

Consideration  of  references  and  evidence  in  suit  of  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  Inc.  against  Victor  Co.  on  the  Edison  governor  patent. 


Search  on  stop  mechanism  emPj°y®a 
if  the  same  infringes  my  patent  and 

onr  Disc  machines  to 
should  he  changed. 

Three  TJ. 

S.  Patent  applications  amended. 


Report  of  Work  D6ne  in  legal  Department 
Week  Ending  March  27,  1915.  V 


sSS^JSOTJsstTrsa  s  A  "  * 

Sr.  Ediso&'ftates  of  invention. 

Going  over  printer’s  proof  of 
Dealers  agreements. 

r  jobbers  and  Class  A 

proposed  agreement  with  Texas -Oklahoma  Phonograph 

Trip  to  Washington  in  connection  with  the  following  matters: 

Interviewing  Commissioner  of 1 1  at  t  hat  he  would31 
concealed  horn  applies ati ons  ^  V^° ^ty  to^pass  on  the  patent- 

*  jssr&ss^^ 

Department . 

looking  through  indexes  M  Swiss  patents  for  anticipa¬ 
tion  of  Nielsen  horn. 

Making  title  search  in  assignment  division  of  Edison 
Patent  No.  964,221. 

S&m  s"1" 

subjects  of  Great  Britain. 

8hlPr,d  t00“  sit*  representing  tne  —  — 

and  Guarantee  Corp.  in  regard  to  automobile  aooident  on 
February  26,  1916. 

Preparing  proposed  amendment  under  Rule  78  in  appli¬ 
cation  Folio  930. 

Search  on  stop  mechanism  employed  on  our  disc  machines 
to  ascertain  if  same  infringes  any  patent. 

Preparing  petition  to  revive  application  Folio  791. 

Conference  with  Mr.  McCoy  with  respect  to  evidence 
in  suit  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  against  Victor  Talk¬ 
ing  Machine  Company  on  Edison  patent  No.  604,740. 

Investigation  to  determine  whether  we  have  sufficient 
evidence  to  prove  infringement  of  Edison  patent  No.  604,740 
by  the  sale  to  us  of  the  Vietrola  XVI  machine  in  the  laboratory. 

Consideration  of  eleven  patents  submitted  to  us  by 
Thomas  C*  Powell  to  determine  if  same  are  of  interest  to  us. 
Conferences  with  Messrs.  Constable  and  Nehr  with  respect  thereto. 

Revision  of  patent  numbers  and  dates  on  jobbers  and 
dealers  license  agreements.  looking  up  ownership  of  the  pat¬ 
ents  which  are  to  be  cited  in  the  jobbers  and  dealers  agree¬ 
ments  . 

Conference  with  Mr.  Durand  with  respect  to  sales 
bulletin  on  the  Telescribe. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affeot  our  business. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  with  respect  to  a  number 
of  different  attachments  for  playing  lateral  cut  records  on 
Edison  machines,  which  attachments  he  desires  to  sent  with 
Edison  machines  shipped  to  foreign  countries.  X.  £+***' 

Preparing  report  on  an  attachment  being  put  out  by 
McNally  and  Gruninger  of  Philadelphia  for  playing  Edison 
reoords  on  Victor  machines. 

In  the  matter  of  the  proposed  sale  of  the  property  of 
the  Hew  York  Concentrating  Works  in  Putnam  County,  Hew  York: 
Consideration  of  credit  of  Hew  Jersey  and  Pennsylvania  Concen¬ 
trating  Works  on  hooks  of  Hew  York  Concentrating  Works ;  con¬ 
ference  with  Hr.  Holden  in  regard  to  same;  interview  with  Mr. 
English  of  McCarter  &  English  in  regard  to  the  state  of  said  credit 
in  view  of  the  purchase  hy  Mr.  Edison  of  the  assets  of  the  Hew 
Jersey  &  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works;  conference  with  Mr. 

H.  F.  Miller  in  regard  to  same;  and  preparation  of  proposed 
deed  and  letter  to  Mr.  Donohoe. 

Consideration  of  form  of  and  patent  dates  upon  amuse¬ 
ment  phonograph  case  labels. 

In  the  matter  of  the  default  of  our  former  salesman, 

Mr.  Silverman,  in  the  settlement  of  his  consignment  aocount: 
conference  with  Messrs.  McCoy  and  Holden  and  preparation  of 
proposed  letter  to  bonding  company. 

Ordering  searches  on  the  Hielsen  horn  patent  in 
Switzerland,  Italy,  Horway,  Sweden,  Denmark,  Austria  and  Hungary. 

Consideration  of  form  of  and  patent  dates  upon  labels 

Form  693. 

Consideration  of  proposed  new  designs  for  phonograph 
cabinets  and  conference,  with  Mr.  Sohiffl  in  regard  to  to  same. 

Consideration  of  brief  re  claims  suggested  by  the 
Commissioner  of  Patents  in  connection  with  Folios  701  and  879. 

Consideration  of  California  franchise  tax  report  of 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Company.  Conference  with  Mr.  Benstead 
in  regard  to  same. 

Preparation  for  Mr.  Hutchison  of  affidavit  to  be 
used  in  connection  with  the  purchase  of  three  horses,  etc. 
by  Mr.  Hutchison. 

In  the  matter  of  the  suit  of  Little  vs.  Bachman: 
Consideration  of  motion  papers  sent  to  Mr.  H.  A.  Bachman  for 

Diamond  interference:  Preparation  of  stipulation 

postponing  date  of  hearing  and  extending  time  for  the  filing 
of  the  printed  record. 

Perme  papers  -  Preparation  of  letters  to  Austro-Hungarian 
Consul  General  and  Mr.  Kremer.  Arranging  with  Mr.  McCoy  to  deliver 
papers  at  office  of  Austro-Hungarian  Consul  General  and  to  obtain 

Proposed  contract  between  Dennison  Manufacturing  Company 
ard  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  for  advertising  motion  pictures. 
Conference  with  Mr.  Gill  and  revision  of  contract. 

Revision  of  proposed  contract  between  Edison  Storage  Bat¬ 
tery  Company  and  Eoonomy  Electric  Company  for  batteries  for  station¬ 
ary  lighting  plants. 

Dictating  proposed  agreement  between  Texas -Oklahoma 
Phonograph  Company  and  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  proposed  "Vanity  Pair" 
contract,  and  letters  to  Copyright  Office  and  Mr.  Plimpton. 

Going  over  letters  from  Messrs.  Wagner  and  Marks  re 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  limited. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Gill  re  telegram  from  Panama-Pacific 
Commission  of  ilew  York  for  pennission  to  use  projector  in  another 
building.  Preparation  of  reply. 

Reading  over  proposed  contract  between  Royal  Baking  Powder 
Company  and  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  for  advertising  moving 
pictures  and  approving  same  as  to  form. 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  -  looking  up  law 
as  to  whether  Edison  rent  claim  is  lien  or  merely  priority  claim. 
Preparation  for  hearing  set  for  March  30th.  Conference  with  Mr. 
Philips  re  lisman  settlement. 

Conference  with  Hr.  Stevens  re  balance  sheet  of  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  Incorporated. 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  -  Betters  to.  Mr. 
Steinhardt  re  settlement  arrangement.  looking  up  papers  referring 
to  settlement  arrangement  with  creditors  to  comply  with  referee's 
order.  Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  and  having  copies  made.  Con¬ 
ference  with  Mr.  Edison  re  letter  prepared  to  be  sent  to  Mr. 
Steinhardt.  Conference  with  Mr.  Philips. 

Preparation  of  proxy  to  H.  B.  Sweetser  to  represent 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  in  special  meeting  of  General  Film 
Company,  Copies  sent  to  Mr.  Wilson. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Youmans  re  affidavit  of  Gowen  re 
numbering  machine  received  from  Asheville  Printing  &  Engraving 
Company.  Preparing  affidavit. 

Foderal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  -  work  on  stipulated 
_+a+_I1,-T,4.  facts  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Philips  and  Hickerson 

SSilteS. 5SX  5KE  » 8*Sh.r  ■ 

Wfiflaral  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  -  Further  work  on 

SL52SJW3S  SS“  SliSl  S?S ?:,««"  ““ 

jot  sta  ssrstKw; 

works . 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  -  Conferring  in  Mew 
York  with  M?!  Iteinhardt  on  question  of  producing  papers  called 
for  hy  Referee. 

Stevens  vs.  Hyde  interference  -  Conference  in  Mew  York 
.«»  Lo.  B.  dru.e,  attorney  tot  Steven,  oni 

Union  Switch  &  Signal  Company. 

E,  ward  J!S& 

property  until  one  year’s  rent  is  paid. 

One  U.  S.  Application  filed. 

Three  U.  S.  Applications  amended. 

Report  of  Wort  Done  in  legal  Department  . 


Week  Ending  April  3,  1915.  \ 

letter  to  Walter  H.  Miller  advising  as  to  the  effect  of  the 
recent  Presidential  Proclamation  with  respect  to  rights  to  British 
compositions  under  U.  S.  Copyright  Act  relating  to  mechanical  re¬ 

letter  to  Valley  Music  Co.,  Harrisonburg,  Va.  advising  that 
a  seller  of  goods  on  credit, which  goods  had  Been  resold,  cannot  get 
said  goods  hack. 

letter  to  Thorne  &  Co.,  St.  John,  M.  B.  regarding  the 
decision  in  the  Macy  case. 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Bull  in  regard  to  Searchlight  Horn  oases 
and  in  regard  to  advisability  of  applying  for  writ  of  mandamus  against 
the  Commissioner  of  Patents. 

looking  over  hill  of  complaint  in  the  suit  of  Victor  Co. 

Coins  over  agreement  between  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
Hartford  Electric  light  Co.  and  General  Vehicle  Company,  and  conferring 
with  Mr.  Bee  and  a  representative  of  the  Hartford  Electric  Vehicle  Co. 
in  regard  to  vett  proposed  modification  of  said  agreement. 

Conferring  with  Messrs.  Wilson  and  Maxwell  as  to  best  course 
of  procedure  with  regard  to  Mr.  lucker  and  the  new  zone  system. 

Conferring  with  Messrs.  Y/ilson,  Philips  and  Kipp  oonoerning 
the  financing  of  the  Kipp  business,  Indianapolis. 

Going  over  the  Thordardsen  patent  with  Mr.  lanahan  and 
deciding  what  ^ould  be  done  with  respect  to  our  spark  coils  in  view 
of  this  patent. 

Working  on  answer  to  be  filed  in  the  suit  of  Thoma  vs 
Edison,  et  al. 


Conference  with  Messrs.  Gall  and  Warner  with  respect  to 
proposed  amendment  to  application  Folio  No.  930  under  Rule  78. 

Investigation  of  invention  of  W.  H.  Daly  of  Tucson,  Ariz.  on 
automatic  multi-record  playing  phonograph  to  determine  if  same  intereste 
us.  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Edison,  Holden  and  Constable  with  respect 
thereto.  letter  to  Mr.  Daly. 

Investigation  to  ascertain  if  we  wished  to.  buy  an  old 
Balmoral  machine  and  conference  with  Mr.  Redfern  with  respect  thereto. 

looking  up  evidence  of  purchase  from  the  Victor  Co.  of 
Victor-Victrola  No.  10611  for  use  in  suit  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 
vs.  Victor  Co.  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Henderson  and  Howard  Eckert 
with  respect  thereto. 

Consideration  of  the  question  of  whether  it  is  advisable 
for  us,  in  view  of  the  patent  situation,  to  supply  our  foreign  customer 
with  attachments  for  playing  lateral  cut  records  on  Edison  machines 
of  the  type  submitted  to  us  by  Meisselbach  &  Bro.  and  Reed  &  Dawson. 
Conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Stevens  in  regard  thereto. 

Getting  together  copies  of  all  patents  cited  in  the  answer 
of  the  suit  of  the  Victor  Co.  vs.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

Going  over  our  insurance  policies  issued  by  the  Ocean 
Accident  and  Guarantee  Corp.  with  Mr.  Frost. 

Preparing  letter  to  Governor  Walsh  of  Massachusetts  pro¬ 
testing  against  the  enaotment  of  Massachusetts  Senate  Bill  Ko* 
relating  to  the  use  of  cinematographs  U3ing  only  cellulose  acetate 
films.  Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  with  regard  to  same. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Brown  of  Dictating  Machine  Dept,  with 
respect  to  Telesoript  blanks  and  registration  of  the  word 
Telesoript  as  a  trade  mark. 

Conference  with  Mr.  lewis  with  respect  to  the  manner  of 
mounting  the  stylus  Sn  our  reproducers  in  connection  with  suit  on 
Thoma  Patent  No.  949,991. 

Going  over  applications  due  for  amendment  in  May  to 
determine  if  any  of  same  should  be  dropped. 

In  the  matter  of  the  arrest  of  our  former  employee 
named  Marlin  for  stealing  from  Edison  Phonograph  Works.  . 

ferences  with  Messrs.  Nicolai  an!  Holden;  gearing  out  complaint 
at  West  Orange  Police  Station;  and  interview  with  Mrs.  Marlin. 

Consideration  of  United  States  patent  No.  976,502. 

In  the  matter  of  the  claims  called  to  our  attention 
nnor  of  Patents  in  connection  vath  Edison 
applications3 So lios  701  and  879:  looking  up  law  in  connection 

with^proposed  petitions  for  interpartes  hearing  on  the  quest ion 
patentability  of  said  claims;  and  preparation  of  petitions 
and  briefs  in  support  of  petitions. 

Preparation  of  assignment  to  Mr.  Mallory  of  one-half 
interest  in  Mr.  Mason's  application  for  Method  and  Apparatus 
ler  Peking  Material;  and  preparation  of  license  from  Messrs. 

’  Mason8 and  Mallory  to  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company  under  said 

Pn-nni  deration  of  patents  cited  by  the  Examiner  iu 
Mr  Holland?!  application  on  the  Telescribe  to  determine  whether 
anv  of  said  patents  contains  claims  which  should  be  considered 
in  connection  with  the  Telescribe. 

letter  to  the  Patent  Office  in  connection  with  the 
Diamond  interference  and  conference  with  Mr.  Hall, 
for  Pathe  Freres  Phonograph  Company  in  connection  with  said 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company.  Preparation  of 
notioe  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  of  claim  of  Mr.  Edison  as  land¬ 
lord  for  rent  against  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  as  sub-tenant  of 
Federal  Company.  Conference  with  Hr.  Philips.  letter  to  Hr. 
Steinhardt  aoknowle dging  receipt  of  check.  Memorandum  to  and 
conference  with  Mr.  Edison.  notice  signed  by  Mr.  Edison  and 
delivered  to  Hr.  Jubert  for  Mr.  Berggren.  Conference  with  Mr. 
Ward  at  Newark  in  preparation  for  hearing  on  the  30th.  Attend¬ 
ing  at  Mr.  lindabury's  office  to. produce  documents.  Conference 
with  Messrs,  lindabury  and  Frazer.  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 
and  lisman  agreement  of  January  10,  1914  submitted  to  Messrs, 
lisman  and  Frazer.  Arranging  for  continuance  to  October  20th 
of  hearing  on  petition  and  further  examination  of  Mr.  Edison. 

Going  over  contraot  between  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
Hartford  Electric  light  Company  and  General  Vehicle  Company  with 
reference  to  Question  of  modification  of  same  raised  by  Mr.  Bee. 
Conference  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Bee  and  representative  of 
Hartford  Company. 

Preparation  of  proposed  contraot  with  Erie  Railroad 
for  sidings  at  Silver  Hake  for  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Stevens  and  W.  I.  Eckert  re 
report  of  auditors  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  ltd.  and  correction  of 
resolution  previously  adopted. 

Going  over  applications  to  be  amended  in  April.  Con¬ 
ference  with  Mr.  Holden.  Conference  with  Mr.  Edison  re  appli¬ 
cations  to  be  dropped. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Hoss  re  proposed  Sohaefer-Deoker 
and  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  contraot.  Proposed  revision 
approved  as  to  form.  Edison  guaranty  discussed. 

Hooking  into  question  of  rights  of  British  subjects  to 
copyright  protection  against  mechanical  reproduction  in  view  of 
President's  proclamation  of  January  1,  1915.  Conference  with 
Messrs.  Holden  and  Y/alter  Miller. 

Conference  with  Hr.  Stevens  and  preparation  of  minutes 
relating  to  corrected  balance  sheet  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  ltd. 

looking  into  claim  of  A.  J.  Clark  on  infringement  of 
motion  pioture  "When  the  Clock  Strikes  Twelve".  letters  to 
Messrs.  Plimpton  and  Clark  and  Copyright  Office. 

looking  into  question  of  paying  taxes  on  foreign  patents 
due  in  May.  Memos  to  Messrs.  Edison  and  Stevens. 

Going  over  ..proposed  letter  to  bank  from  Kipp-Hink  Phono¬ 
graph  Company  and  suggesting  changes. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  spark  ooils.  Phone 
conference  with  Mr.  Hudson.  Going  over  spark  coil  patentB. 

Preparation  of  blank  form  of  Edison  Shop  agreement  for 

Mr.  Kipp. 

Stevens  vs.  Hyde  interference.  Preparation  of  form  of 
concession  of  priority  for  Mr.  Hyde.  Conference  with  Mr.  Hyde 
and  having  Concession  of  Priority  signed.  Conference  with  Mr. 
Holden  and  letter  to  Mr.  Cruse. 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company.  Going  over  present 
status  of  case,  arranging  files,  etc.  letters  to  Messrs,  linda- 
bury  and  Frazer.  Revision  of  stipulation  submitted  by  Mr.  Frazer. 
Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  and  letter  to  Mr.  Ward. 

Three  U. 

S.  Applications  amended, 

Work  Done  In  legal  Department  for 
Week  Ending  April  10,  1915. 

Working  on ^^Ton 4T brief  in  the'Edison  concealed 
horn  disc  phonograph  applications. 

Working  on  answer  in  Thoma  suit. 

Attending  call  of  calendar  at  Newark, . equity  cases,  U.  S. 
District  Court. 

Going  over  letters  to  he  sent  out  hy  Foreign  Department 
Meisselbach  &  Son  aw  attachments  for  playing  lateral  cut  phonograph 

Going  over  hills  recently  introduced  in  the  Hew  Jersey 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Bull  concerning  motion  brought  By 
Searchlight  Horn  Company  for  extension  of  time  for  taking  testimony 
in  Hew  Jersey  suit. 

letter  to  Mr.  Bull  concerning  situation  in  Hew  Jersey  suit 
of  Searchlight  Horn  Ce. 

Consideration  of  licensee  from  Thomas  A.  Edison,  In¬ 
corporated  to  Hr.  Philpot  and  of  correspondence  with  Mr.  Philpot 
in  regard  to  short  Blue  Amherol  Records ;  correspondence  with  Mr. 
Y/ilson  in  regard  to  the  same;  and  preparation  of  letter  to 
Automatic  Talking  Machine  Company  in  regard  to  the  same. 

Consideration  of  United  States  patent  Ho.  1,118,647 
to  determine  whether  or  not  it  is  infringed  by  our  dictating 
machine  recorders. 

In  the  matter  of  the  royalties  due  Carmen  Melis :  Con¬ 
sideration  of  correspondence  and  agreement  with  Melis  and  con¬ 
ference  with  Hr.  E.  Yfalker. 

Preparation  of  declaration  of  abandonment  of  Aylsworth 
application  Polio  622. 

Consideration  of  restriction  notice  upon  disc  record 
envelopes  and  revision  of  patent  dates  for  same. 

Interview  with  Mr.  Haioran  in  regard  to  his  complaint  of 
damage  to  paint  on  his  house  by  reason  of  smote  from  Chemical  worts. 
Conference  with  Mr.  McCoy  in  regard  to  the  same. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Eckert  in  regard  to  franchise  tax 
report  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  for  Hew  Jersey. 

Consideration  of  petitions  for  inter  partes  hearing  on 
Question  of  patentability  of  claims  and  of  briefs  in  support  of 
said  petitions,  filed  in  connection  with  Edison  applications 
folios  701  ana  879,  and  conference  with  Mr.  Lanahan  in  regard 
to  the  same. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Hewman  H.  Holland  in  regard  to 
new  recorder  reproducer  designed  by  him. 

Diamond  Interference:  Correspondence  with  Messrs. 

Bacon  &  Milans  in  regard  to  decision  on  motion  for  judgment  on 
record  against  Diamond  Talking  Machine  Company. 

Attending  to  execution  by  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated 
of  consent  to  assignment  of  Graf  German  patent  on  Synchronizer  to 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated. 

Kioma  et  al.  vs.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated,  et  al. 
Going  over  references  to  he  cited  in  Answer  and  conference  with 
Hr.  Holden  with  respect  thereto.  looking  up  relation  between 
Mew  Jersey  Patent  Company,  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  and 
Edison  Phonograph  Worits,  and  the  principal  stockholders  in  each 
of  these  corporations.  Revising  Answer.  Conference  with  Mr. 
McCoy.  Telephone  conference  with  Mr.  O'Dea. 

Consideration  of  patent  Ho.  1,132,098  to  determine  if 
the  standard  Amberola  infringes  any  of  the  claims  thereof.  Con¬ 
ference  with  Mr.  Holden  regarding  same  and  memorandum  to  Mr. 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Lewis ,  Fisher  and  Thum  with 
respect  to  drawings  for  new  applications. 

Consideration  of  applications  due  for  amendment  in 
May  and  June  to  determine  if  any  of  same  should  be  dropped. 
Conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden,  Edison,  Lewis,  Hutchison  and 
Durand  with  respect  thereto. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Constable  re  patent  situation  with 
reference  to  proposed  new  phonograph  construction. 

Consideration  of  patent  covering  the  sound  modifier 
on  our  dictating  machine  to  determine  if  the  same  is  infringed 
by  the  sound  modifier  used  on  the  Dictaphone.  Conference  with 
Mr.  Brown  with  respect  thereto. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr.  with  respect 
to  filing  of  applications  on  three  inventions  of  his. 

Looking  over  briefs  anl  petitions  which  are  to  be 
submitted  in  Edison  applications  Folios  701  and  879. 


Preparation  of  goi™** jart2g’,tTSSlo?S’rf 

SfSS  Lr«i°?ASslty  ralt"-  001198  of 

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fodorjl  Storage JSJSVKlpSf'.tSS”?  SSe  riaSr^Si^  <**1- ■«» *>  *•»■*■•  *™°* 

and  Ward. 

Conference  with  Ur.  Langley  re  amendment  in  ffolio  861. 

Preparing  papers  for  reissue  of  Bliss  motor  patent. 

Conference  used 

Edison  phonograph  applications  .  Lo  ki  |  £ain|  petitions  and 

“S^°So  p»p«o* «  *“  “a 

sent  to  Patent  Office. 

SS°S1tMo“™«-  Conference  «ith  ®.  MUt  »J  Mr'  B“11  8 

Peder.1  storase  Battery  car  Co.panj;  “g8™88 

SSS-bK^T  to  Referee  and  Mr.  Pnao.r. 

"Comedy  and  Tragedy". 

Memorandum  to  Ur.  Stevens  re  foreign  storage 
Battery  patents. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Hudson  re  spark  coil  situation  re 
Stevens  vs.  Hyde  interference. 

Going  over  and  approving  label  for  film  containers. 
Memorandum  to  Mr.  L,  W.  McChesney. 

letter  to  Marks  &  Clerk  re  Colombian  trade  mark  "Thomas 
A.  Edison". 

Conference  with  Mr.  Wilson  re  letters  from  Mr.  Graf 
relating  to  foreign  Kinetojhone  groups. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Durand  and  Philips  re  agreement 
with  William  IT.  Hall  &  Company  of  Montreal.  Preparation  of  form 
of  letter  to  Hall  &  Company  embodying  proposed  concessions  as  to 
terms  of  payment. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Berggren  re  Motion  Eioture  Patonts 
Company  agreements. 

1  U.  S.  Application  filed 
3  U.  S.  Applications  amended. 

Work  Done  in  Legal  Department 
Week  Ending  April  17,  1916. 

Preliminary  search  on  phonographic  attachment  comprising 
a  casing  surrounding  the  reproducer  and  extending  close  to  the 

Conference  with  Mr.  Walter  Miller  in  regard  to  royalty 
statements  of  Carmen  Melis. 

Interview  with  Mr.  Maioran  in  regard  to  his  claim 
of  >i|amage  to  paint  on  his  house  at  Silver  lake. 

Appearing  as  witness  before  Grand  Jury  in  regard  to 
charge  against  Mr.  Marlin  for  theft  of  drills,  etc.  from  Edison 
Phonograph  Works. 

letter  to  Mr.  Rusk,  attorney  for  Mr.  Donohoe,  in 
regard  to  the  contemplated  sale  of  the  Seymour  Worden  property 
in°llew  York  State. 

Classification  of  phonograph  patents,  including  making 
list  of  patents  on  enclosed  horn  phonographs  in  certain  of  the 
Patent  Office  sub-olasses. 

Examination  of  proposed  lease  from  Mary  A.  Goodsell 
to  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company. 

Attending  motion  oalendar  at  Newark  and  requesting 
one  week's  adjournment  on, motion  of  Searchlight  Horn  Co.  for 
extension  of  time  for  taking  prima  facie  proofs. 

Going  over  proposed  amendment  to  the  Edison  applica¬ 
tion  covering  diso  phonographs. 

Reading  up  proofs  in  Searchlight  Horn  suit  at  Mr. 

Bull's  office. 

Going  over  proposed  agreement  with  Mr.  &  Mrs.  Curry  and 
Texas -Oklahoma  Phonograph  Co. 

Looking  up  law  on  the  subject  of  res  adjudicate. 

Soing  over  final  draft  of  answer  in  Thoma  suit  and 
obtaining  signatures  to  suoh  answer. 

Consideration  of  allowed  Folio  440  with  a  view  to 
determining  whether  a  divisional  application  should  he  filed, 
and  conferences  Messrs.  Edison  and  lanahan  with  respeot 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Sill  with  respect 
to  application  Folio  909  to  determine  whether  same  should  he 
dropped.  Conference  with  Mr.  Edison  re  same. 

Telephonic  conference  with  Mr.  A.  Saltzman  with  respect 

Hon  o?  such11  auxiliary  system  hy  the  Star  Electric  Company. 

Consideration  of  proposed  connection  between  the  lamp 
and  battery  in  miners  safety  lamp  outfit.  Conferences  with 
Messrs.  Ross  and  Holden  with  respeot  thereto. 

Makine  search  through  several  sub-classes  of  patents 

records  or  record  blanks. 

looking  up  patents  which  seem  to  have  a  bearing  on 
certain  modifications  of  Ike  diso  machine  designed  by  I  . 

John  Ott. 

letter  to  Maurice  Young  of  Brooklyn  with  respect  to 
Shepard  patent  Ho.  912,039. 

Consideration  of  invention  of  Alma  A.Zaiss  of  Kansas 
City,  Mo.  relating  to  indicating  sLel 

0  Bold™.  *  »»•  «U.- 

x-  ««.*.  »«« 

to  Mr.  McDonald. 

■  !.  tBo  of  th.  .go*!!?1* 

Si  SSS*SS8*t5  £K‘S»i»  »  0on1"' 

ence  with  Mr.  Hudson. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

letters  to  Mr.  Plimpton  re  "Vanity  Pair"  ana  "On 
the  Stroke  of  Twelve". 

•  Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  Thomas  A.  Edison,  ltd. 

Revision  of  form  of  guaranty  of  Edison  storage  batteries. 
Revised  oopies  sent  with  memorandum  to  Mr.  Ross. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  action  of  Commissioner  of 
Patents  on  petitions  in  Edison  phonograph  applications. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Stevens  and  Taylor  re  foreign 
Kine to phone  situation. 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  Stevens  outlining  matters  to  he  at¬ 
tended  to  in  connection  with  Thomas  A.  Edison,  limited. 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  -  Conference  with 
Mr.  Philips  on  question  of  to  whom  Railway  Storage  Battery  Company 
ssued.  looking  up  law  as  to  right  of  one  oor- 
stook  in  another.  Conference  with  Mr.  Holden, 
law  on  corporations  on  question  of  liability 
letter  to  Mr.  Steinhardt. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Berggren  re  transfer  of  the  interest 
of  Sir  George  Croydon  Marks  in  Edison  Gesellschaft  m.b.H.  Prepar¬ 
ation  of  assignment  form. 

stock  is  to  be  i 
poration  to  hold 
looking  up  Maine 
of  stockholders. 

pany  and 

Proposed  agreement  between  Texas -Oklahoma  Phonograph  Com- 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated.  Conference  with  Mr. 
Conference  with  Mr.  Holden.  Revision  of  contraot. 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  Berggren  re  assignment  of  Sir  George 
Croydon  Marks'  interest  in  Edison  Gesellschaft  m.b.H. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Hudson  re  StevenB  vs.  Hyde  interfer¬ 
ence.  Assisting  in  preparation  of  letter  to  Mr.  Hobson. 

looking  up  question  of  how  long  present  re tar ding springs 
in  Bates  Numbering  machines  have  been  used.  Going  over  Bates 
patents  and  preparing  letter  to  Mr.  Burnham  with  reference  to 
inquiries  of  Force  ahd  Wetter  Companies. 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  -  stipulation  on 
Edison  rent  claim  received  from  Mr.  Frazer  with  suggestions  as 
to  ohanges.  Phone  conference  with  Mr.  Ward.  Conference  with 
Mr.  Holden.  Stipulation  revised  and  oopies  sent  to  Mr.  Frazer 
with  letter.  letter  to  Mr.  Ward. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  question  of  res  adjudicate 
in  connection  with  Searchlight  Company  suits. 

Going  over  proposed  agreements  between  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Incorporated  and  Bowersook  Mills  &  Power  Company  with  reference 

Conference  with  Mr.  Sill 

to  advertising  films.  Bevising  same, 
and  advioe  as  to  changes  in  oontraots. 

Preparation  of  latter  to  Sir  George  Marks  for  Mr.  Wilson 
re  Thomas  A.  Edison,  limited. 

letters  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr.  re  amendments  in  Polios 
872  and  965. 

One  U.  S.  Application  filed. 

Five  U.  S.  Applications  amended. 

WEEK  ENDING  APRIL  24,  1915. 


Tri-D  to  Hew  York,  Searchlight  horn  suit.  Reading  up 
depositions  ^d  oonlerrLg’ with  Mr.  Bull  in  regard  to  our  proofs 

in  the  Hew  Jersey  suit. 

ln  r.e„*  .ffiajssf 

Reading  up  depositions  in  Searchlight  suit. 


the  record. 

Diamond  Interference;  Preparati, on  of  P*°I>^*0°on°^f0n  °f 
priority  hy  Pathe  Preres  Phonograph  Co.  to  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Advising  Mr.  Mudd  in  regard  to  corporation  reports  in 
California  and  Illinois. 

„garl  *  “ 

are  placed  upon  various  dictating  machine  parts. 

Consideration  of  cost  of  registration  of  New  Jersey  cor¬ 
poration  in  Hew  York. 

Conference  with  Mr.  E.  Walker  in  regard  to  Carmen  Melis 
royalty  statement. 

Preparation  for  Bonding  company  of  affidavit  in  regard  to 
failure  of  Louis  Silverman  to  settle  his  assignment 

Conference  .1U>  »}«.  [■  J-  “J"’ 

Going  over  General  Pilm  Co's. .papers-to  find  contract. 

*ro,o..d  centred  >•*;•«  *•  “K.SS  “i  foSSo” 

ing.  Phone  message  from  Mr. With  Messrs.  Michel,  J.V. 
Preparing  modification.  Further  phone.  Contract  prepared  in 

Miller  and  Dolsen  of  Erie  R.  R-  Co.  over  P™*  letter. 
final  form  and  copies  sent  to  J.  v.  Mixxer 

Conlarenoe  with  Mr.  Holden  re  proposed  new  corporations  to 
sell  Edison  phonographs. 

«.  *,  1B&2SX  ra&r  ksk 

to  have  matter  put  over  for  two  weeks. 


Conference  with  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr. 
of  Folios ,  872  and  966,  eto. 


Going  over  applications  to  he  amended  in  May  with  Mr. 

preparation  of  receipt  for  Mr. 

Foreign  Kinetophone 
Taylor  to  sign. 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  Hutchison. 


looking  over  British  Company  Act. 
a  directors. 

Memorandum  to  Mr. 

SffS  SffJRSFi.  JSS^SSA.-  * 

Foreign  Kinetophone  -  Revising  letter  for  Mr.  Stevens 
in  reply  to  inquiry  from  Madame  Zweigenthal. 

Proposed  Ter  as  -Oklahoma  Company  i agreement  - 

s*s  *>* 

writing  in  final  form. 

0o.tor.j6.  »..=»•  P.r|g»  taw. 

T.  ir?S  gJ.TSMS-  witaj-lj-  «*  »««  *> 

ao company  same  to  serve  as  receipt  for  deposit. 

Preparation  for  conference  and  conference  with  Mr. 

Edison  re  Folios  821,  768  and  320. 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  Philips  re  execution  of  Teras- 
Oklahoma  Company  oontraot,  eto. 

Revising  letter  to  Japanese  Kinetophone  group  for  Mr. 

looking  up  law  at  American  law  ^o^i^given1  afPhonus 


Searoh  through  U.  S.  phonograph  art  to  find  all  patents  dis¬ 
closing  enclosed  horn  machines,  swinging  reproducer  arms,  sound  box 
structure, and  reoord  patents. 

The  matter  of  the  suit  of  Thoma  et  al  vs.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Inc.  et  al.  letter  to  Mr.  Beeken,  attorney:  for  the  plaintiffs. 

Comparison  of  two  forms  of  bonds  for  employes  of  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.,  Edison  Storage  Battery  Supply  Co.  and  Edison 
Chemical  Works. 

Matter  of  the  installation  of  an  auxiliary  fire  alarm  sys¬ 
tem  at  our  Silver  Lake  plant  and  the  connection  thereof  with  the  main 
fire  alarm  system  of  the  town  of  Bloomfield.  Conference  with  Mr. 
Hoiaen.  Telephonic  conferences  with  Messrs.  Saltzman  and  Olsen,  xrip 
to  Silver  lake  and  going  over  the  situation  with  Messrs.  Saltzman  and 
Olsen  to  ascertain  under  what  conditions  we  could  use  the  auxiliary 
system  of  the  Star  Electric  Co.  letter  to  Mr.  Olsen,  letter  to  the 
Superintendent  of  the  Eire  Alarm  System  of  Newark. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Davis  with  respect  to  the  process  in¬ 
vented  by  him  for  renovating  moving  picture  film. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Baohmann  with  respect  to  an  infringement 
search  made  by  him  on  the  dry  cell  designed  by  Messrs.  McGall  and 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents  which 
may  affect  our  business. 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Nicolai  and  Hirshfield  with  respeot 
to  a  number  of  pieces  of  14  inch  cast  iron  pipe  shipped  to  us  in  1913 
by  the  Central  Foundry  Co.  and  received  by  us  from  the  Erie  R.  R.  Co. 
in  a  damaged  condition.  Preparation  of  an  affidavit  to  be  used  in  the 
support  of  a  claim  filed  against  the  Erie  R.  R.  Co.  for  such  damaged 

Consideration  of  olaims  allowed  in  an  applicationofMiss 
Alma  Zaiss  of  Kansas  City,  Mo.  on  an  invention  relating, to  signaling 
means  to  be  used  in  connection  with  commercial  a®?2£mine 

if  such  olaims  are  of  value  to  us.  Conference  with  Mr.  Durand  with 
respeot  thereto. 

Three  U.  S.  Applications  amended, 



FOR  WEEK  ENDING  MAY  1,  1915. 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Weaver  and  Ooolidge  re  form 
execution  of  Dictating  Machine  Distributors  Agreement  signed 
W.  M.  Morton  Co. 

looking  up  law  as  to  mechanics'  liens  in  connection 
with  contract  between  Messrs.  Edison  and  Michel  for  siding 
at  Silver  lake. 

Going  over  General  Film  Company  contract  on  question 
of  our  right  to  dispose  of  motion  pictures  exclusively  to 

Going  over  memorandum  re  Jury  contract  for  Mr. 

Stevens . 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company:  Going  over  brief 
to  be  filed  on  Edison  petition.  Revising  same  and  having  it 
written  in  final  form. 

Going  over  letters  to  Mr.  Graf  and  German  Kinetophone 
group  for  Mr.  Stevens. 

letter  to  A.  J.  Clark  re  infringement  claim. 

Going  over  Dobyns  &  Elderkin  papers  and  having  copies 
of  memoranda  prepared  for  Mr.  R.  Bachman. 

Going  over  papers  in  matter  of  claim  of  1.  E.  Walter 
for  alleged  infringement  by  our  motion  Picture  "Where  is  My 
Wandering  Boy  Tonight".  Preparation  of  letter  to  Mr.  Walter. 

Stevens  vs.  Hyde  interference:  Preparation  of  form 
of  license  from  Union  Switch  &  Signal  Company  and  memorandum 
to  Mr.  Hudson.  Form  of  license  approved  by  Mr.  Hudson  and 
e&pies  sent  to  Mr.  Cruse. 

Conference  with  and  advice  to  Mr.  Stevens  re  copyright 
royalties  on  records  sold  in  Australia. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  proposed  Shaw  contract. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Wilson  and  Stevens  re  letter 
to  Mr.  Graf  referring  to  Altsohul  &  Gold  Kinetophone  group. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Gill  and  preparation  of  proposed 
.  contract  between  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  and  Perth  Amboy 
Chemical  Works  for  motion  pictures  for  advertising  purposes. 

Federal  Storage  Battery  Car  Company:  letter  to  Mr. 

Steinhardt  re  Railway  Storage  Battery  Car  Company  stock  prepared 
and  submitted  to  Mr.  Edison  and  approved  by  him. 

Edison-Miohel  contract  for.  siding  at  Silver  lake 
Arranging  to  have  same  filed  in  the  County  Clerk'B  office  at  Newark. 
Preparation  of  application  to  Erie  Railroad  Co.  for  side  traok 
covered  by  Edison-Michel  contract. 

Conference  with  Hr.  Durand  with  respect  to  obtaining 
protection  on  a  fonn  to  be  employed  in  connection  with  advertis¬ 
ing  the  Dictating  Machine. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holland  in  regard  to  an  invention 
of  Miss  ZcLss  of  ICansaB  City,  Mo. .relating  to  signaling  devices 
to  be>  employed  in  connection  with  Dictating  Machines. 

^^Consideration  of  question  of  importation  of  Home  P.  K. 
outfit  Date  Canada,  duty  free. 

Preparing  affidavit  to  be  used  in  support  of  a  claim 
against  the  Erie  Railroad  Company  for  cast  nfai^itb 

b|  us  in  cracked  condition.  Conference  with  Mr.  Nicolai  with 
respect  thereto. 

Conference  with  Mr.  We aver  in  regard  to  agreement  for 
distributors  of  dictating  machines. 

looking  up  law  relating  to  amendment  of  pending  patent 
applications  in  connection  with  Polio  400. 

Preparing  license  to  be  granted  Thomas  A.  Edison,  In¬ 
corporated  byPMr.  Theiss  to  use  and  manufacture  a  moving  picture 
camera  panoramic  tri-pod  invented  by  him. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Conference  with  Mr.  lewis  with  respect Jo  new  form  of 
stay  arm  for  the  covers  of  phonograph  cabinets  designed  by 

Search  in  Newark  library  for  all  patents  granted  to 
Heinrich  Hirzel  relating  to  the  production  of  benzol. 

In  the  matter  of  the  royalties  due  Carmen  Balia:- 


In  the  matter  of  the  claims  of  Edison  Phonograph 
Works  and  thorns  a!  Edison,  Incorporated  against  Central 
Union  Eire  Insurance  Company:-  gjg g^f  salt!*  Collec- 
Cook  &  Barnet  in  regard  to  the  hanging  oi^s^i  ^  CoQk 

fKetrC88Con«eesSwm  Holden  and  Philips. 

Preparation  of  consent  of  Mr.  Dyer  to  abandonment 
of  Aylsworth  application  Polio  622. 

Advising  Mr.  Coolidge  in  regard  to  right  of  ^omas 
A.  Edison,  Incorporated  to  maintain  an  office  m  the  District 
of  Columbia  without  registration. 

Consideration  of  references  against  Taylor  phono¬ 
graph  attachment.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Edison  in  regard  to 

Diamond  Interference 
postponing  final  hearing. 

Preparation  of  stipulatii 

IT.  S.  Application  filed. 

5  U.  S.  Applications  amended. 

FOR  WEEK  ENDING  MAY  8,  1915. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Lewie  with  ^specttopatentgrantea 
on  automatic  stay  arm  for  the  covers  of  phonograph  cabinets. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  with  respeot  to  search  on  Niel¬ 
sen  horn  patent. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Edison  and  Meadowcroft  in  regard  to 
patent  granted  to  Hirzel  relating  to  Benzol. 




Search  on  Nielsen  horn  patent  involving  trips  to  New 
York  on  Tuesday,  Wednesday,  Thursday  and  Friday. 

Looking  over  hills  introduced  into  New  Jersey  Legislature 
to  determine  if  any  of  the  same  are  of  interest  to  us. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Lanahan  and  Baohmann  re 
Searchlight  horn  suit. 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gaxette  to  find  patents 
whioh  may  affeot  our  business. 


in  the  matter  of  the  contemplated  transfer  of  the  prop- 
to  stockholders  and  trustees  me stings  and  in  re S*™  meeting 

attorney  for  the  prospective  Purchaser. 

Advising  Mr.  Andrews  of  Storage  Battery  Company  to  regard 

Company  in  the  District  of  Columbia. 

looting  over  patent  applications  due  for  amen&nent  in 

Conference  with  Mr.  Kudd  in  regard  to  renewal  of  auto¬ 
mobile  insScelo^y  of  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company. 

Conference  with  Hr.  Stortz  of  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Company  in°re2rd  to  proposed  agreement  between  said  company  and 
Schwartz  Electric  Company. 

Preparation  of  report  on  infringement  search  on  McCall 
and  Malcolmson  dry  battery. 

consideration  of  law  in  regard  to  operations  of  Eaison 
Shop  at  Warwick,  H.  Y. 

looking  over  newly  passed  Hew  Jersey  law  in  regard  to 
garnishment  of  salaries. 

8ter  „  ssssti  S  sssA-assr*1- 

Going  over  amendments  proposed  by  General  Vehicle  Company, 
Inc.  to  contract  between  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  General 
Vehiole  Company  and  Hartford  Electric  light  Company.  Conference 
with  Messrs.  R.  Bachman  and  Edison.  Conference  with  Messrs. 
McGuire  and  R.  Baohman.  Redrafting  contract.  letter  to  Mr.  Ross 
in  Chicago  re  Battery-Service  contracts.  Conference  with  Mr. 
Edison  and  preparation  of  revised  supplemental  agreements. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  letter  to  Mr.  M.  Johnson 
of  Australasia  Films  limited. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Holden  re  Searchlight  Horn  Company 
suits  and  matters  in  connection  therewith  to  be  taken  care  of 
during  Mr.  Holden's  absence  in  the  West. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  information  asked  for  by 
French  Government  as  to  the  Compagnie  Franc aiee  Thomas  A.  Edison. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Stevens  re  proposed  new  contract  with 
Australasia  Film  Company. 


suits . 

looking  up 
suits  for  Mr.  Bull. 

with  Mr.  Bull  in  New  York  re  Searchlight 
information  in  connection  with  Searchlight 

Phone  conference  with  Mr.  J.  V.  Miller  re  proposed  con¬ 
tract  between  Mr.  Edison  and  C.  F.  Michel  for  oonorete  pipe  under 
Erie  Railroad  Company's  tracks  at  Silver  lake. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Wilson  re  transfer  of  the  interest 
of  Sir  George  Croydon  Marks  in  Edison  G.  m.  b.  H. 

Two  U.  S.  Applications  filed. 
Six  U.  S.  Applications  amended. 

FOR  WEEK  ENDING  MAY  15,  1915 


pondence  with  Ellis,  Cook  &  Barnet. 

o_  s  s  HP 

“gSgE  Sl  S”pK"  fe>r  to  Hr.  Stetson,  attorney  lor  Mro. 

Soins  over  papers  in  regard  to  property  purchased  from 
Orange  Distilled  Water  Ioe  Company. 

£*  ISi  kSSTSI VSSi«  •*  p~p»”a 


m?  lookine^orer  contemplated  aelenseB . 

consideration  el  Intel  Pom  632  and  — »■»»  *»  »• 
Welib  in  regard  to  the  same. 

tt.  MMo.fK4’^ 

Diamond  Trade  Mark  Interference. 

same  • 


further  data  in  connection  with  Search- 

Booking  up 
light  suits. 

Going  over  agreement  ana  stock  certificates  received 
from  Pexas-Oklahoma  Company  to  see  if  same  are  in  proper  form. 
Conference  with  Messrs.  Maxwell  and  Philips. 

Going  over  letters  for  Mr.  Stevens  to  Jury  and  others. 

looking  up  information  re  Hew  York  Phonograph  Company 
suits  for  Mr.  Eokert.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Eokert. 

Goins  over  papers  re  contract  which  Mrs.  Edison  is 

«o  |o? Pf ST  ’ 

auction  on  assessment  of  Ho.  10  Eifth  Avenue. 

Proposed  modification  of  agreement  hetween  Edison 

Preparation  of  application  to  Erie  Railroad  Company 
for  side  teK  silver  like  for  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 
Memorandum  to  Mr.  Rogers. 

rass  s  ss  ss 

Marks*  interest  in  Edison  G.m.h.H. 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Bull  and  Pauling  at  Gifford 
&  Bull’s  office  re  Searchlight  suits. 

of  B418„  rsprssgrats:  "Jsssk  -  ~ 

Going  over  General  Vehicle  Company  contract,  and 

Insurance  Company. 

„  „  pvn-ina  re  Bond  for  Messrs.  Hoyes 

Searchlight  suits:  Betters  to  Mr.  Bull  and  Messrs. 

Eenton  &  Blount. 

JEmSS  VTS&gg&U&r.  5». 

Letter  to  Mr.  W.  H.  Miller  re  proclamation  of  May  1, 
1915  with  respect  to  subjects  of  Italian  authorB. 

Searchlight  suits:  letter  to  Mr.  Bull  re  notice 
of  offering  depositions,  etc.  in  evidence. 

Conference  with  Mr.  L.  W.  MoChesney  re  copyrighting 
Paramount  Travelogues. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Bentley  with  respeot  to  the  con¬ 
struction  of  the  different  types  of  Edison  disc  machines. 

Validity  search  on  Nielsen  horn  patent  involving 
trips  to  New  York  on  Monday  and  Tuesday  and  trips  to  Bridgeport, 
NewHaven,  Providence,  Boston,  Lowell  and  Gloucester  on 
Wednesday,  Thursday,  Friday  and  Saturday. 

Five  U.-  S.  Applications  amended. 

FOR  WEEK  EMDIHG  MAY  22,  1916. 

He  suit  of  Searchlight  vs  Edison, 
correspondence  and  stipulations. 

Consideration  c 

Conference; '.with  Messrs.  Kernan  and  Frost  re  West 
Orange  plumbers 1  bond  for  Mr.  Kernan  and  attending  to  execution 
of  said  bond. 

Consideration  of  report  of  Mr.  McCoy  in  regard  to  oper¬ 
ations  of  Chas.  A.  Smith  in  Savannah,  Ga. 

Examination  of  proposed  agreement  between  Thomas  A. 
Edison,  Inc.  and  Paramount  Pictures  Corp.  in  regard  to  film 
"House  of  the  Lost  Cort". 

Attending^suit^ of  Victor  Talking  Machine  Co.  vs  Thos. 
A.  Edison,  Inc.  in  So.  Dist.  of  Mew  York. 

Consideration  and  execution  of  stipulation  dismissing 
suit  of  Thoma  et  al  vs.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  et  als. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Sohiffl  in  regard  to  the  securing 
down  of  the  partition  plate  in  our. disc;  machines. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Unger  in  regard  to  claim  of  the 
Sraallfield  Musio  House  of  Davenpbrt,  Iowa. 

Consideration  of  the  necessity  of  filing  a  personal  tax 
statement  for  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  in  Cuyahoga  Co.,  Ohio. 

Consideration  of  fuestion  of  appeal  to  the  Court  of 
Appeals  of  the  Distriot  of  Columbia  in  Interference  No.  36,213 
Chisholm  vs.  Pierman. 



Conference  with  Mr.  Lanahan  in  regard  to 
in  suit  of  Searohlight  Horn  Co.  vs.  Victor 

an  Edison 

Conference  with  Mr.  Edison  re  amendments  in  Polios 
320  and  422. 

Preparation  of  letter  for  Mr.  Stevens  re  Linton 
South  American  Company. 

nnn-Parenoe  with  Mr.  Ross  re  modification  of  contraot 
between  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  General  Vehicle  Company 
and  Hartford  Eleotrio  Light  Company. 

Searchlight  suits:  Conference  with  Mr.  P.  S.  Brown 

re  testifying  in  suit  of  Searohlight  Horn  Company  vs.  Viotor 
Talking  Maohine  Company. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Stevens  and  Prost  re  insuring 
films  for  German  Kinetophone  group. 

Conference  with  Mr.  W.  H.  Miller  re  copyright  royalties. 

Conference  with  Mr.  W.  L.  Eckert  re  corporation  in¬ 
come  tax  report. 

Examination  of  two  copies  of  Official  Gazette  to  find 
patents  which  may  affect  our  business. 

00.  sss: 


Validity  search  on  Nielsen  horn  patent  involving  trips 
to  New  York  on  Monday,  Thursday  and  Saturday. 

e,.ot  * 

Conference  with  Mr.  Egner  of  McCarter  &  Yi?1 

53B2i£  r2 

a  trip  to  Newark, 

««  -  SSSJFSttKafS 

letter  to  Theodore  ffisaao  of  Chicago  with  respect  to 

sas  ajra\rs&s  assffafis  i-.  - 

Victor  vs.  Edison. 

atss.'sjs  fsss  s  ssM--. 

Ino.  to  employ  the  invention  of  Stevens  in  return  for 
cession  of  priority  to  Stevens  hy  Hyae. 

One  U.  S.  Application  filed, 
fhree  U.  S.  Applications  amended. 

FOR  WEEK  ENDING  MAY  29,  1915 

Preparation  of  form  of  release  in  regard  to  automobile 
accident  to  Maria  and  Filomena  Arpaia. 

Examination  of  deed  from  New  York  Concentrating  Works 
to  Mr.  Bono  hoe.  Conference  with  Mr.  H.  F .  Miller  in  regard  to 
the  same. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Lanahan,  Berggren  and  Eckert 
in  regard  to  valuation  of  patents  on  books  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Consideration  of  allowed  Aylsworth  applications  on 
molding  condensite  records. 

In  the  matter  of  the  suit  of  Victor -vs.  Edison:  Con¬ 

sideration  of  brief  prepared  by  Mr.  Bull  and  attending  argument 
in  New  York. 

Consideration  of  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  from  attorneys 
-Pot  American  Parlo/graph  Company  m  regard  to  suit  of  American 
Graphsphone11  Company!  gainst  farWgraph  Company.  Conference 
with  Mr.  Burand  in  regard  to  the  same. 

letter  to  Mr.  Hall,  attorney  for  Bathe  Freres  Phonograph 
Company,  in  regard  to  Diamond  interference. 

Conference  with  Hr.  Brown  of  Dictating  Machine  Dept, 
in  regard  to  a  new  form  of  hearing  tube  proposed  by  him,  and 
preliminary  search  on  said  device. 

Consideration  of  olaims  of  Misses  Burgoyne  and  Hardwick 

i  rssirsr 

regard  to  the  same. 

Searchlight  suite:  letter  to  Mr.  Chevrier.  Attend¬ 
ing  ^5.^  Mr.  F.  S.  Brown  the  talcing  of  testimony  in  Searohlight 
yst  Victor  at  offioe  of  Fenton  &  Blount,  Haw  York. 

Victor  vs.  Sonora  on  Miller  reissue  patents: 
a  in  Hew  York  with  Mr.  lotsoh. 


Corporation  income  tax  report  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Inc.:  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Eckert,  Berggren and  Bachmann 

re  valuation  of  patents  acquired  from  Hew  Jersey  Patent  Co.  by 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  Further  conference  with  Messrs.  Dyke, 
Berggren,  H.  F.  Miller  and  W.  I.  Eckert. 

Stevens  vs.  Hyde  interference:  letter  to  Mr.  Cruse. 

Going  over  French  patents  in  view  of  notice  from 
Brandon  Bros,  dated  May  5,  1916  with  reference  to  possible  abro¬ 
gation  of  decree  of  August,  1914.  Conference  with  Mr.  Edison, 
and  preparation  of  letters  and  cablegram  to  Brandon  Bros. 

Proposed  supplemental  contract  between  Storage 

Battery  Company,  General  Vehicle  Company,  and  Hartford  Electric 
light  Company:  Conference  with  Mr.  Eoss.  Dictating  revised 

supplemental  contract  embodying  proposition  Ho.  1. 

Conference  with  Mess rB.  Dyke,  Berggren,  Eckert  and 
Burroughs  re  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  income  tax  report.  Further 
conferences  on  same  matter  with  Messrs.  Dyke,  Wilson,  Berggren 
and  Eckert,  and  conference  with  Messrs.  Edison  and  Dyke. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Edison,  Wilson  and  Stevens 
re  foreign  Kinetophone  questions,  and  particularly,  letter  from 
French  group  demanding  return  of  bonus. 

Proposed  supplemental  contract  between  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company,  General  Vehicle  Company  and  Hartford  Elec trio 
light  Company:  Preparing  contracts  embodying  proposition  Ho.  . 

Claim  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  against  Detroit  national 
Fire  Insurance  Company:  Conference  with  Messrs.  Berggren  and 

Davis.  Preparation  of  letter  to  Mr.  John  H.  Wood. 

Going  over  for  Mr.  Stevens  letter  re  defense  in  Hopkins 


Going  over  for  Mr.  Plimpton  papers  in  the  matter  of  our 
claim  against  C.  1.  Chester. 

Memorandum  to:  Mr.  Hudson  re  Bpark  coil  situation. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Maxwell  re  use  of  trade  mark 
"Thomas  A.  Edison"  upon  store  ™indowofTexas-Oklahoma  Phono¬ 
graph  Company.  Preparation  of  letter  to  the  latter. 

Conference  with  Mr.  McCoy  with  regard  to  searches  made 
hy  him  on  Hielsen  horn  patent. 

Correspondence  with  Employers  liability  Commission  with 
respect  to  Mass  accident. 

Conference  with  Mr.  MoGall  with  respect  to  a  new  form 
of  copper  oxide  plate  for  primary  batteries  designed  by  him. 

Validity  search  on  hielsen  horn  patent  on  Tuesday  and 


Going  over  bills  introduced  into  hew  Jersey  legislature 
to  determine  if  any  of  the  same  are  of  interest  to  us. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Huebner  with  respedt  to  shipment  of 
goods  to  Canada  which  were  returned  to  us  for  repair. 

Attending  hearing  in  the  suit  of  the  Victor  Co.  against 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  1 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

iWsroiifB  With  Mr.  Gould  of  the  Canadian  Customs 


goods  reduced  in  price  and  goods  added  to  our  line. 

Conference  with  Mr.  lanahan  with  respect  to  a  new  type 
of  storage  battery  cell  to  be  used  for  motoroycle  lighting. 

Consideration  of  new  form  of  notice  to  be  applied  to 
boxes  in  which  sound  modifiers  are  shipped. 

III.  S.  Application  filed 
2  U.  S.  Applications  amended. 

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BOR  WEEIC  EHDIHG  JURE  12.,  1915 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Hehr  and  Lanahan  in  regard 
to  proposed  agreement  between  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated 
and  The  Celluloid  Company. 

In  the  matter  of  the  suit  of  the  Victor  Talking  Machine 
Company  against  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.:  Consideration  of  the 
decision  of  Judge  Hand.  Preparation  of  proposed  letter  to  the 
trade,  and  various  conferences. 

Correspondence  with  Mr.  Rusk,  attorney  for  Mr.  Donohoe , 
in  regard  to  the  property  of  ITew  York  Concentrating  Works  at 
Putnam  Valley,  Hew  York. 

Conference  with  Mr.  McCoy  in  regard  to  the  paving  of 
Belmont  Avenue,  Belleville,  and  in  regard  to  the  claim  of  Mr. 
Colallillo  for  damage  to  his  property  on  Lakeside  Avenue. 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  Webb  in  regard  to  half-round  Blue 
Amberol  Record  labels. 

Consideration  of  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  from  attorney 
for  American  Parlograph  Company,  and  conference  with  Mr.  Edison 
in  regard  to  the  same. 

Consideration  of  various  allowed  Aylsworth  applications, 
and  advising  Mr.  Unger  in  regard  to  the  payment  of  the  final 
fees  thereon. 

Victor  vs.  Sonora:-  Shone  conference  with  Hr.  lotsch 
re  revision  of  brief.  Preparation  of  telegram  to  Hr.  Holden. 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Berggren  and  Frost  re  claim 
of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated  against  Detroit  Fire  Insurance 

Going  over  miscellaneous  letters  for  Hr.  Stevens. 

Going  over  papers  relating  to  claim  of  The  Phonograph 
Company  of  the  Oranges  against  Hr.  Robinson. 

Dong  conference  with  Messrs.  Burroughs,  Staub ,  Dyke 
and  Eckert  re  patent  valuation  and  depreciation  in  connection 
with  income  tax  report  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated. 

Vance  &  Sullivan  Co.  vs.  Edison:-  Preparing  evidence 
for  trial.  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Farrell  and  Hertwig. 

Conference  with  Hr.  Mambert  re  payment  of  royalties 
on  reoords  manufactured,  etc. 

Going  over  proposed  contract  between  Hendee  Mfg.  Co. 
and  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 

Conference  with  Hr.  Hardy  re  search  on  motorcycle 
type  of  battery. 

Going  over  letter  from  Hr.  Bender,  dealer  at  Spencer, 
Iowa.  Penoil  memorandum  to  Mr.  Maxwell  with  reference  thereto. 

Conference  with  Hr.  Stevens  re  transfer  of  stock  of 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  limited.  Assisting  in  preparing  transfers. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Berggren  and  Eckert  re  rela¬ 
tion  of  Bates  Manufacturing  Company  to  Edison  Phonograph  Y/orks . 

Going  over  form  of  order  from  Western  Electric  Company 
for  primary  batteries.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Hudson  re  same. 

Phone  conference  with  Mr.  Dyke  re  statement  in  con¬ 
nection  with  income  tax  report  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated. 
Conference  with  Mr.  Eokert  and  revising  statement. 

Conference  with  Hr.  McCoy  in  regard  to  a  suit  brought 
by  Colallillo  against  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  McGall  and  Lewis  with  respect 
to  an  improved  copper-oxide  plate  for  primary  batteries  de¬ 
signed  by  Mr.  McGall. 

Conferences  with  Messrs.  Edison,  Berggren,  Bachmann 
and  lanahan  in  regard  to  the  decision  rendered  in  the  suit 
of  the  Victor  Co.  against  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

Search  on  Mielsen  horn  patent  involving  trips  to 
New  York  on  Tuesday  and  Wednesday. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Lanahan  in  regard  to  the  new  cell 
designed  for  use  on  motorcycles. 

Conference  with  Messrs.  Bachmann  and  Me  Coy  with 
respect  to  the  Hielsen  horn  patent. 

Consideration  of  German  applications,  Polios  717  and 
747  covering  the  Home  Kinetoscope  and  conference  with  Mr.  Edison 
with  respect  to  paying  tafces  on  the  patents  granted  on  these 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business. 

Conference  with  Mr.  Durand  in  regard  to  the  question 
of  buying  a  patent  granted  to  Miss  Zaiss  of  Kansas  City,  ko. 
covering  an  indicating  device  for  business  phonographs.  Letter 
to  Miss  Zaiss. 

Consideration  of  copies  of  German  patents  sent  us  by 
Mr.  Isaacs  of  Chicago  to  determine  if  same  have  any  bearing 
on  the  patents  in  s^it  in  the  case  of  the  Victor  Co.  vs. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc . 

Correspondence  with  Dr.  Blake  of  Boston 
to  a  horn  constructed  by  him  in  1878  for  use  on  a 

with  respeot 

Trip  to  Washington  to  make  infringement  search  on  new 
cell  designed  for  use  on  motor  cycles. 

5  U.  S.  Applications  amended. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Legal  -  Litigation  (E-15-52) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
legal  cases  involving  Edison  or  companies  in  which  he  had  an  interest.  The 
documents  for  1 91 5  consist  primarily  of  correspondence  requesting  evidence 
from  Edison  in  the  cases  of  United  States  v.  Cardwell  and  others  and 
American  Graphophone  Co.  v.  American  Parlograph  Corp.,  as  well  as  in  an 
Australian  suit  involving  electric  streetcar  manufacturer  Ralph  H.  Beach.  Also 
included  are  drafts  of  letters  by  Edison  responding  to  the  attorneys  and 
providing  his  reasons  for  not  complying  with  some  of  the  requests. 

Approximately  70  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  includes  several  items  that  relate  to  the  selected  cases 
but  do  not  contain  substantial  new  information. 


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January  18th,  1915, 

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Llewelyn  Park, 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Dear  Sir: 

Hew  Jersey. 

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In  preparing  the  case  of  United  States 

v.  Cardwell  and  others,  charged  with  a  violation^ - ^ 

of  §215  of  the  United  StateB  Criminal  Code,  that 
iB,  using  the  mails  in  execution  of  a  scheme  and 
artifice  to  defraud,  arising  out  of  the  sale  of 
the  stock  of  The  American  Telegraph  Typewriter  Co., 

hy  means  of  false  andfraudulent  representations 
made  in  the  prospectuses  offering  the  stock  for 
sale,  which  will  he  tried  some  time  during  the 
month  of  February,  I  find  among  the  literature 
which  was  circulated  hy  the  defendants  an  article 
which  appeared  in  The  New  York  Glohe  of  October 
4th,  1910,  which  purports  to  he  an  interview  given 
hy  the  defendant,  Cardwell,  in  which  Cardwell  states 
that  he  was  an  intimate  acquaintance  of  yours. 

Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  whether  you 

J.YT.0.--7624  k.J.K. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.  #2.  Jan.  18th,  1915. 

have  ever  met  the  defendant  Cardwell,  and  if 
so,  under  what  circumstances,  and  any  knowledge 
that  you  may  have  concerning  him.  Cardwell's 
name  is  George  A.  Cardwell,  and  he  claims  to 
have  been  the  inventor  of  a  printing  telegraph 
device  known  as  the  American  Telegraph  Typewriter. 


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January  25,  1915. 

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Cardwell  et  al  on  some  date  in  February  after  th<$  15th. 
The  exact  date  on  which  your  testimony  will  he  needed  ^ 
or  the  absolute  necessity  of  your  testimony  has  not 
yet  been  determined.  The  reason  that  I  am  not  issu¬ 
ing  a  subpoena  is  because  I  wish  to  put  you  to  as  lit¬ 
tle  inconvenience  as  possible. 

The  only  thing  that  you  will  be  called  upon  to 
testify  to  is  that  you  do  not  know  George  A.  Cardwell, 
o.s  stated  in  your  letter  of  Jan.  22,  1915,  to  contro¬ 
vert  various  statements  made  in  the  literature  circula¬ 
ted  by  the  American  Telegraph  Typewriter  Co.  in  the 
sale  of  their  stock.  X  hardly  think  that  Cardwell 
will  have  the  audacity  to  testify  that  he  is  a  personal 
acquaintance  of  yours  and  that  you  have  indorsed  his  de¬ 
vice,  but  should  he  do  so,  your  presence  and  testimony 
will  be  required  to  controvert  such  a  statement. 

//  r  Respect; 

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UivLui  »-/.// 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange , 

New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir : 

ffe  are  the  attorneys  for  one  Cecil  A.  Coghlan  of 
Sydney,  Australia,  in  an  action  now  pending  in  the  Supreme 
Court,  New  York  County,  wherein  the  said  Coghlan  is  ‘he  plaan- 
onH  one  Ralph  H.  Beach  and  Maude  Estelle  Beach,  his  wife, 
are  defendants.  The  action  is  brought  to  recover  the  sum  of 
$19,460.00  which  ter.  Coghlan  cabled  to  Mr.  Beach  to  he  applied 
by  ter.  Beach  in  payment  of  the  Australasian  rights  to  the 
Edison  Storage  Batteries.  This  money  was  received  oy  ar. 

Beach  on  July  8,  1914,  and  on  the  same  day, was  turned  over  by 
him  to  Mrs.  3each  his  wife  without  having  secured  lor  dr. 
Coghlan  the  aforesaid  Australasian  rights  to  your  storage 

We  understand  that  at  some  time  prior  to  July  o, 

1914,  the  date  upon  -which  ter.  Beach  received  the  money  from 
Australia,  he  had  a  conversation  with  you  concerning  the 
Australasian  rights  to  the  Edison  Storage  Eattery,  ana  it  is 
in  order  to  elicit  your  best  recollection  of  this  conversation, 
if  it  in  fact  took  olace ,  that  we  propound  the  following 

1.  .  What  was  the  approximate  date  of  the  interview? 

2.  Did  Beach  mention  the  name  of  Coghlan  or  teoncks 
as  being  the  person  who  was  desirous  of  obtaining  the  rights t 

3.  Did  Beach  state  that  the  person  in  whose  behalf 
he  was  seeking  the  rights  had  purchased  five  Beach  Storage 
Battery  cars? 

4.  As  a  result  of  the  interview  with  Beach,  did 
you  confer  with  your  foreign  manager,  ter.  Stevens,  concerning 
the  same? 

5.  Did  ter.  Stevens  advise  you  that  it  would  be 
better  to  have  nothing  to  do  with  Beach  or  any  friend  of  his? 

6.  Did  you  at  any  time,  at  said  interview, or  prior 
or  subsequent  thereto,  inform  Beach  that  the  Australasian 
rights  to  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  could  not  be  hudr 

7.  Will  you  state  generally  your  recollection  of 
the  interview  with  Beach  concerning  the  Australasian  rights 
to  the  Edison  Storage  Battery? 

Yours  very  truly,  __ 

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February  27th,  1915. 

Ur.  Edison: 

Eegarding  the  attached  letter  from  Messrs.  Bostwick  and  Thoms , 
dated  February  24th,  Ur.  Beaoh  called  upon  me  at  Orange  about  the  first 
week  in  July,  1914,  and  at  that  time  stated  that  Mr.  Coghlan  had  purchased 
the  two  Beach  oars  whioh  Mr.  Uonoks  had  been  holding  in  Australia  and  was 
ready  to  purchase  from  Hr.  Beach  five  additional  cars,  each  equipped  with 
100  A— 10  Cells,  provided  you  would  give  Ur.  Coghlsn  the  exclusive  sale  of 
pur  batteries  for  use  in  vehicles. 

I  advised  Ur.  Beach  that  you  would  not  entertain  such  a  proposi¬ 
tion,  as  at  that  tine  we  were  in  correspondence  with  a  large  electrical 
concern  in  Australia  and  expected  to  dose  with  them.  I  further  stated 
that  you  would  not  enter  into  an  agreement  with  a  lawyer  or  promoter.  Ur. 
Beach  made  it  clear  that  Ur.  Coghlan  was  the  interested  party  and  men¬ 
tioned  Mr.  Uonoks'  name,  but  stated  that  in  his  judgement,  Mr.  Uonoks  was 
on  his  death  bed. 

After  talking  with  me,  Mr.  Beach  saw  you  and  you  sent  me  a  memo, 
reading:  "Stevens:  Is  there  any  reason  why  we  cannot  sell  batteries  in 

Australia?"  I  immediately  saw  you  in  the  library  and  Btated  that  Ur. 
Coghlan  could  buy  all  the  batteries  he  required, from  our  Australian  Company. 
You  agreed  that  it  would  be  unwise  to  make  any  exclusive  arrangement  with 
Ur.  Coghlan  through  Ur.  Beach. 

I  attach  hereto  correspondence  having  reference  to  this  matter. 

presented,  the  American  Farlograph  corporation,  the  defendant 
in  a  suit  brought  by  the  American  Graphophone  Company,  for 
the  infringement  of  certain  phonograph  patents,  and  we  re¬ 
quested  that  you  favor  us  with  an  interview  as  we  had  been 
informed  that  many  of  the  elements  embraced  in  the  patents  in 
BUit  had  been  previously  used  by  you.  Y/e  have  not  yet  had  the 
favor  of  an  answer  to  our  letter  to  you. 

Y/e  also  interviewed  Hr.  Edward  H.  Johnson  on  this 

subject  and  Hr.  Johnson  informed  us  that  he  did  not  care  to 
discuss  the  matter  unless  we  had  your  permission  for  him  to  do 
so.  If  you  have  not  the  time  to  grant  us  an  interview  may  we 
ask  whether  you  have  any  objections  to  advising  Mr..  Johnson 
through  us  that  he  is  at  liberty  to  talk  with  ub  on  this  sub- 
l  ject?  If  we  could  have  a  short  talk  with  you  and  jjr.  Johnson 
^~Lbo\xt  these  patents  before  the  trial  of  the  case,  which  is 
rapidly  approaching,  it  might  avoid  the  necessity  of  our  can¬ 
ning  you  as  witnesses. 

Thanking  you  for  the  favor  of  an  early  reply,  we  are,, 



Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Milan,  Ohio  [not  selected]  (E-15-53) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  birthplace.  None  of  the  letters  for  1915  received  a  substantive 
response  from  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Miner's  Safety  Lamp  (E-15-54) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  interoffice  communications,  and 
other  documents  concerning  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of 
Edison's  battery-powered  safety  lamp  and  its  attachment  to  headgear  for  a 
portable,  hands-free  light  source.  Among  the  correspondents  are  Edison’s 
chief  engineer,  Miller  Reese  Hutchison,  and  Robert  A.  Bachman  of  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  except  duplicates. 

W  *  HT*VV 

H.  W.  McCandless  &  Company 


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Dear  Hr.  Meadowcroft:  (\ 

Referring  further  to  my  telephone  conversa¬ 
tion  with  you  yesterday:  I  would  like  to  take  up. with 
you  the  question  of  the  miners  portable  electric  cap  lamps 
which  I  understand  you  are  making. 

It  is  my  understanding  that  the  only  bulbs 
approved  by  the  Bureau  of  Mines  for  use  with  these 
lamps  are  the  bulbs  manufactured  by  the  Independent  Lamp 
&  Wire  Co.,  1733  Broadway,  City.  I  further  understand 
that  a  number  of  tests  have  been  made  and  experimental 
work  has  been  done  by  the  general  Eleo.  Co.  on  the  subject 
of  this  lamp,  and  from  the  results  they  do  not  seem 
to  have  been  able  to  submit  a  lamp  which  was  at  all  sat¬ 

We  do  not  understand  why  it  is  not  possible  for 
us  to  supply  a  Mazda  lamp  which  would  not  be  fully  equal 
if  not  considerably  superior  to  any  lamp  manufactured 
by  the  Independent  oonoern,  and  speaking  for  „he  H.v.. 
McCandless  Co.  I  would  very  much  like  to  have  an  oppor¬ 
tunity  to  make  up  some  samples  and  submit  thereto  you,  also 
have  our  lamp  appro vod  by  ths  Bureau  of  Mines  for  use  in 
connection  with  your  lamp. 

Would  it  be  asking  you  too  much  to  obtain  and 
send- me  t-wo  or  three  samples  of  the  lamps  which  you  are 
now  using  and,  which  is  O.K..  The  information  I  received 
specifies  a  26  V.  lamp  but  think  this  must  be  an  error 
for  2.6  V.. 

I  will  more  than  appreciate  your  oourtesy  in  the 
matter  and  think  vou  can  feel  satisfied  there  is  no  reason 
why  we  cannot  supply  a  satisfactory  lamp  in  this  connection, 


June  21st,  1915. 


Mr.  Meadowcroft:  'S 

Regarding  the  attached  yetter  from  H.  B.  MoCandless 
&  Company  ■whereon  you  write,  we  sh/uld  not  he  at  the  mercy  of 
one  concern  for  the  lamps  for  the/Miners  Lamps,  and  Mr.  Edison 
asked  me  to  to  give  these  people  chance. 

As  long  as  they  are  friends  of  yours,  I  thought  it 
advisehle  to  let  you  answer  the&r  letter,  and  say  that  we  would 
he  very  glad  indeed  to  receive/sample a  of  their  lamps.  If 
they  will  communicate  with  usjwe  will  forward  them  an  outfit 
to  try  life  test.  7 

I  would  advise  to  pave  them  send  us  samples  of  their 
lamps  so  as  to  make  test  herd. 

The  reason  there  is  hut  one  lamp  approved  was  that 
there  was  hut  one  lamp  manufacturer  at  the  present  time  that 
would  meet  the  requirements  of  the  Bureau  of  Mines  in  connec¬ 
tion  with  the  characteristics  'of  the  Edison  batteries.  The 
General  Electric  Co.  now  claim  they  have  a  lamp  suitable  for 
nine  use  and  are  waiting  for  us  to  have  same  approved  by  the 
,  Bureau  of  Mines,  which  I  absolutely  refused  to  do.  We  have 
paid  §35.00  to  have  tests  made  of  the  General  Electric  lamps 
end  teste  have  fallen  down,  ana  have  decided  hereafter  to  let 
the  lamp  manufacturers  have  their  own  tests  made  by  the  Bureau 
of  Mines  and  not  throw  the  burden  on  the  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Co.  The  Independent  Lamp  Co.  were  manly  enough  to  have  this 
work  done  themselves  and  paid  for  their  ovr  approval.  The 
General  Electric  however  insist  this  should  he  done  by  the 
Edison  Storage  Eattery  Co.  in  as  much  as  the  characteristics 
were  so  different  from  the  usual  lamp  practice. 

June  23rd.  1916, 

Mr.  H.  V' eat  bury.  Sales  Manager, 

H.  V’.  MoCandless  &  Company, 

67-69  park  Place, 

Dew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Cesthury: 

Deferring  to  your  favor  of 
the  17th  instant,  I  have  taken  the  natter  up 
with  Mr.  sals  on  and  also  with  Mr.  Bachman, 

General  Manager  of  oiur  Storage  Battery  Company. 

T  think  it  might  he  well  for 
yon  to  acme  out  here  and  see  me  on  this  natter 
some  day,  and  then  I  will  intro  duo  e  you  to  Mr. 
Baahman  and  start  you  off  right.  It,  perhaps 
would  he  we]  1  ffir  you  to  bring  two  or  three  samples 
of  2.6  volt  lamps,  ard  anything  else  along  this 
line  you  think  well  to  bring/ 

Ycura  very  truly, 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Mining  -  General  [not  selected]  (E-15-55) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
mines  and  minerals  to  be  bought,  sold,  surveyed,  worked,  or  tested.  None  of 
the  documents  received  a  substantive  reply  from  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Mining  -  Metals  and  Other  Minerals  (E-15-56) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  procurement,  sale,  and  testing  of  minerals.  Included  are  inquiries  by 
Edison  to  various  mineral  suppliers,  along  with  letters  requesting  information 
from  Edison  and  inquiring  about  ores  that  he  might  supply,  process,  or  use. 
Among  the  documents  for  1 91 5  are  letters  from  Charles  Baskerville,  professor 
of  chemistry  at  the  College  of  the  City  of  New  York,  concerning  an 
experimental  plant  for  Morris  &  Co.  in  Chicago  and  the  establishment  of  the 
American  Catalyst  Co.  to  exploit  the  patents  of  Baskerville  and  Dr.  O.  C. 
Hagemann.  Also  included  is  correspondence  with  Kenneth  S.  Guiterman, 
chief  chemist  for  the  American  Smelting  &  Refining  Co.,  regarding  cobalt 
supplies.  Other  correspondents  include  longtime  Edison  associates  Charles 
S.  Bradley,  Cloyd  M.  Chapman,  Theron  I.  Crane,  Herman  E.  Dick,  and 
Spencer  Trask  &  Co.  of  New  York. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
material  not  selected  consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence  and 
other  letters  that  received  a  perfunctory  reply  or  no  reply  from  Edison. 


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Hew  York,  February  8,  19X5. 

Mr.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N .  J . 

,  meadoworoft; 

My  dear  Mr. 

X  want  you  to  speak  to  Mr.  Edison  about  the 
100  lbs.  of  nickel  flake jshich  you  sent  over  for  usjio 
use  in  part  o:  """  4'1'~  ”  ' “  "  nT*  aT’“ 

dening  oils. 

r.  entirely  for  the  Morris  plant  for  har- 

We  expected  Morris  &  Co .  to  pay  all  of  tho  expenses 
for  the  construction  of  this  initial  plant  and  and  fig¬ 
ured  that  the  sum  of  $2600  would  cover  it.  .Our  actual 
statement  of  expenses  were  nearly  $2600.  This  does  not 
include  any  charges  for  our  time,  etc.  Morris  &  Co . 
however,  have  stated  that  they  would  only  stand  for  ^2000, 
and  they  have  paid  that  amount  on  the  cost  of  < construction . 
v’e  have  no  doubt  that  in  time  we  may  be  able  to  adjust  the 
matter,  but  for  diplomatic  reasons,  you  can  readily  under¬ 
stand  that  it  is  inadvisable  while  we  are  trying  out  the 
process,  as  upon  this  depends  subsequently  a  very  large 
contract,  we  do  not  want  to  push  the  matter.  Therefore, 

I  shall  be  glad  if  you  will  get  Mr.  Edison  to  say  to  the 
credit  man  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  not  to  push 
the  acoount  for  the  loo  lbs.  of  flake  which  have  been  sent 
over  to  us.  In  this  connection  I  may  say  that  Dr.  Hage- 
mann  fendomyself  have  between  us  expended  for  incidentals 
in  the  matter  of  small  pieces  of  apparatus  in  connee tion 
with  the  plant,  the  sum  of  about  $260.00.  This  we  shall 
hold  baok  along  with  the  aocount  due  to  the  Edison  Stor¬ 
age  Battery  to  enable  us  to  pay  all  of  the  other  accounts. 

f  won't  you  please  take  this  matter  up  with  Mr.  Edison 

sadt  or  directly  with  the  credit  department?  I  am  quite 
sure  that  Mr.  Edison  will  approve  th®, 

\  One  of  us  expects  to  go  to  Chicago  the  middle  of  this  week 
\  to  put  the  finishing  touches  on  the  plant  ' 

\ards.  As  soon  as  this  plant  shows  itself  satisfactory, 
we  expect  to  make  some  very  large  contracts  right  away. 

With  kindest  regards,  I  am, 

cordially  yours. 

(Ko-f.  (U-  fi***~~^ 


M ?u£. 

Canadian  Refining  &  Smelting  Co.,  limited 




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Mr.  A.  D.  Maokay  of  New  York  has  for- 
your  letter  of  Net.  3rd. 

Sear  Sir 
warded  ui 

With  regard  to  the  mixed  oxides,  we  would? 
say  that  we  are  separating  this  material  ourselves,  and/ 
are  producing  oobalt  oxide  and  niokel  oxide.  Wewould  / 
be  prepared  to  oonsider  business  for  cobalt  oxide,  anjl 
would  be  glad  to  hear  from  you  what  amount  you  would  oon- 
traot  for.  On  reoeipt  of  this  information  we  would  l?e  .glad 
to  make  a  quotation.  We  are  forwarding  you  a  sample 
of  oxideby  today's  express. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Vice  President. 

Canadian  Refining  &  Smelting  Co.,  limited 


W.  H.  Meadowcroft,  Eeq. , 
Laboratory  of  Thos.A.  Edison, 
Orange,  Hew  Jersey, 

Dear  Sir 

Mr.  Mackay  has  forwarded  us  your  letter 
of  Peb.  1 2 til.  We  might  say  in  this  respect  that  we  wrote 
Ur.  Edison  personally,  and  forwarded  a  sample  or  oohalt 
oxide.  If  for  any  reason  you  desire  a  oobalt  nickel 
residue,  we  can  very  easily  supply  your  requirements. 

As  we  wrote  Mr. Edison,  we  are  separating 
that  material  ourselves,  and  producing  cobalt  oxide  and 
niokel  oxide. 

The  Company  formerly  produced  only  the 
one  product  or  tne  mixed  oxides. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Vioe  President. 


February  16,  1915. 

Mr.  Edison 

I  called  up  Ur.  Craft  of  the  Western  Electric  Company 
today,  to  ascertain  when  thyy  are  going  to  order  the  pure  iron  fcrr 
their  coils. 

He  tells  me  tnat  it  will  he  about  six  months  before  the 
necessary  machinery  for  crushing  this  iron  into  the  form  they  want 
it,  will  arrive,  but  that  meanwhile  they  will  need  anywhere  between 
500  to  1000  pounds  of  it  for  experimental  purposes. 

He  tells  me  that  when  they  do  get  ready  to  use  if  . 
commercially,  they  will  certainly  use  our  iron. 

I  told  him  to  get  a  move  on  and  let  me  know  just  when 
he  wanted  the  experimented,  and  how  much  of  it,  because  we 
are  going  to  have  considerable  submarine  business  quite  soon  that 
will  load  us  up.  I  used  this  as  a  lever.  He  promised  to  get  busy 
at  once  and  advise  me  accordingly. 

I  mentioned  the  fact  that  the  price  quoted  him  -  60 
•  cents  per  pound,  is  not  unreasonable.  You  will  remember  that  you 
were  satisfied  with  forty  cents  per  pound,  and  I  jumped  it  up 
to  sixty  oents  a  pound,  when  talking  withhim.  of  which  fifty-five 
cents  per  pound  would  go  to  you  and  five  cents  per  pound  to  me. 

The  above  for  your  information. 



Canadian  Smelting  &  Refining  Co., 

Aa  per  our  discussion  with  Ur.  Edison, 
we  are  forwarding  you  by  express  10ft?  of  cobalt  oxide. 

This  oxide  carries  a  little  over  2  %  niokel,  but  for 
Ur.  Edison' s  purposes  doubtless  this  will  not  effeot 
it.  We  have  considered  the  matter  carefully  since  our 
meeting  with  Ur.  Edison,  and  we  are  prep  red  to  offer 
a  mixed  oxide  containing  a  minimum  of  30  %  each  metallio 
cobalt  and  niokel  at  the  prioe  of  30/  per  pound,  F.O.B. 
Orillia.  This  material  would  go  through  as  a  cobalt 
residue,  and  there  would  be  no  duty.  On  the  other  hand, 
there  is  a  duty  of  10/  per  pound  on  oobalt  oxide.  The 
only  metallio  impurities  these  oxides  would  oontain  would 
be  about  1  %  iron  and  under  1  %  arsenic.  We  are  forward¬ 
ing  you  by  this  mail  a  small  sample  of  a  mixed  oxide, 
carrying  29  ?S‘  oobalt  and  31  %  nickel. 

Just  as  Boon  as  Ur .Edison  has  tried  out  a 
few  batteries,  we  would  ask  if  you  would  advise  us.  Our 
oapaoity  in  mixed  oxides  is  about  2  tons  per  day,  and  we 
expeot  within  the  near  future  to  be  pretty  well  oontraoted 

The  prioe  quoted  will  enable  Ur.  Edison  to 
have  oobalt  under  50/  per  pound.  He  at  our  meeting  inti* 
mated  he  had  a  very  eoonomioal  process  of  separation.  If 
feasible,  and  if  he  intimates  it  as  superior  and  less  costly 
than  the  separation  by  bleaoh,  we  would  consider  a  royalty 
Abasia  with  him  for  the  use  of  same. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Vice  President. 


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Thos..A.  Edison 

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Dear  Sir:- 

Some  time 

Standard  Essence  Co  in  regard 

and  consequent  larger  output  of  ore  flJi^otSr  mine's^  wfiile'1  there  is  quite  a 
stock  of  both  ore  and  manufactured  Lithiaat^  the  ^cto^y^tpg^ht  J^^st 

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lity  of  an  exceptional  increase  .  At  the  present  e^w°rkiug'| two  jnlneB^ 

but  weather  conditions  this  year  have  been ^y^ry*"’ unfavorable ,and  I  have  con¬ 
cluded  that  if  in  your  opinion  circumstan^s*warrant  it  ,  I^srfould  open  a 
third  one  to  provide  for  any  emergency  .  While  there  is  enpugh  ore  "  in 
sight  11  for  alb  reasonable  demands  ,  it  will  take  time  to  take y  it  out  and  it 
is  for  this  reason  that  the  information  is  desired.  ( 

In  this  connection  and  in  view  of  your  appointment  tbythe  Naval 
Board  I  may  mention  that  some  eight  years  ago  ,  when  the  Zeppelin  airships 
were  in  their  experimental  stage  and  the  difficulty  consisted  in  replenish¬ 
ing  the  hydrogen  gas,  lost  while  in  flight,  I  proposed  through  my  friend 
Prof.  Hergesell  of  Strassburg  ,who  as  a  meteorologist  has  done  much  for 
practical  aviation  ,  as  you  are  probably  aware  of  “  to  use  Lithium  metal  , 
The  matter  was  taken  up  and  is  being  used  now  by  the  Qerman  war 
department  with  success.  The  first  lithium  metal  was  made  first  at  my  Omaha 
laboratory  in  1^606  ,  but  never  has  been  made  In  the  United  States  on  a 

manufacturing  scale*  I  had  also  taken  up  the  matter  with  Capt.  Lahm,U.S.S.S, 
at  the  time  ,  when  the  aviation  field  was  in  Omaha  ,  principally  for  the  con- 

venient  generation  of  hydrogen  from  Lithium  for  captive  balloons  ,  hut  on 
account  of  the  small  appropriation  that  made  for  aviation  purposes  at  the 
time  made  further  investigation  illusory. 

Another  matter  which  I  may  mention  at  this  time  is  the  use  of 
Beryllium  metal  and  alloys  ,  which  X  advocated  and  made  detailed  investi¬ 
gations  for  the  last  fifteen  years.  This  metal  has  properties  ,  which  would 
make  it  invaluable  for  special  purposes-  it  being  lighter  than  Aluminum  and 
of  the  hardness  of  steel  and  its  alloys  possess  properties  not  found  in  any 
others.  For  the  last  six  or  seven  years  I  have  shipped  to  Germany  from  one  to 
three  carloads  of  Beryllium  ore  at  a  high  price,  my  mines  being  the  only  ones 
wher °Wthi s°mat  er  i al  is  found  massive.  This  material  deserves  investigation 
especially  as  the  production  pf  the  matal  electrolytically  does  not  afford 
any  special  difficulties  and  all  the  details  have  been  worked  out  by  me  years 
ago  and  ,  in  case  they  can  now  be  practically  utilized  are  at  your  disposal. 

Any  further  information  in  regard  to  these  matters  I 
will  gladly  furnish. 


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In  reply  refer  to  H.S.P. 


i  had  the  matter  up  with  you 
'  ixide .  We  are  now  able 

you  with  what  you  may 
_  jit  thin  70$  Metal  and  bet- 
sat  Orange',  freight  and  duty 

Some  time  ago  our  priiy  _ 
in  regard  to  supplying  you  with/Cobalts 
to  advise  you  definitely  that  we 
require  of  Cobalt  Oxide,  guar/ntE 
ter,  at  70tf  per  pound  delivered  i 

We  would  be  glad  to  /L/voC^aWo  this  matter  up  promptly 
and  if  you  are  interested  would  bV  pleased  to  submit  you  a  sample 
with  a  view  of  entering' into^a  contract  with  you. 

Please  advise  us/at"  your  convenience,  and  oblige. 

Yours  very  truly, 




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Sept.  10th.  1915. 

Mr.  Cloyd  U.  Chapman, 
vi  Mineral  Products  Company, 

Maryvale ,  Utah . 

Dear  Mr.  Chapman: 

Mr.  Edison  received  a  note  from  our  Mr.  H.  M. 
Wilson,  who  1b  in  charge  of  the  Edison  Exhibit  in  San  Eran- 
oisoo.  Mr.  V/ilson  forwarded  your  card,  and  Mr.  Edison  was  much 
interested.  Ho  aated  me  to  write  to  the  Company  and  to  you  to 
have  samples  and  quotation  on  Potash  sent  to  him,  and  also  to 
find  out  when  deliveries  would  commence. 

Mr.  Edison  would  ha  very  glad  if  you  will  kindly 
take  this  up  -with  the  Company,  and  son  that  it  receives  prompt 
attention.  Will  you  please  have  tho  samples  sent  to  me.  Do  not 
havo  them  addressed  to  Mr.  "dison,  as  there  is  such  a  mass  of 
stuff  coming  in  his  name,  that  tho  samples  might  get  side-tracked' 
for  tho  time  being. 

I  trust  you  are  'well  and  enjoying  the  work  ori 
which  you  are  at  present  engaged. 

Yours  vory  truly. 



Soirfc.  10th.  I1 

Mr.  Horace  II.  Wilson, 

Edison  Ezhihit . 

Crajisportati  on  Building, 

P.  P.  1.  II. , 

Ean  J’ranelaoo,  Cal. 

Dear  Mr.  Wilson: 

Mr.  Edison  rocalvad  your  favor 
of  tho  20th  ultimo  inclosing  Mr.  Cloyd  II.  Chap¬ 
man's  card,  no  wants  mo  to  thank  you  for  send¬ 
ing  it  on  to  him,  as  tho  matter  does  interest 
him  vory  .much. 

T  trust  you  aro  well  and  enjoying 
yr.ur  work  'hit  thore.  Wo  are  awfully  busy  hero 
and  have  teen  for  tho  last  10  or  11  months. 

With  kind  rogards,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly. 


Thomas  Edison,  Esq., 

September  10th,  1915.^ 

•ti  iw  ^V'v' 

West  Orange,  ^  ^  _ 

Hew  Jersey.  *&***~*  V 

Dear  Sir:-  **  ~  '^Sj 

of  onr  ASKS  sss^^^crssjjt  ^  1/ 

of  .000375  inohes  which  covers  a  spaoe  of  37000  square  inone 

Knowing  of  you  as  always  experimenting,  and  devising 
improved  methods,  thought  that  this  metal,  of  such  strength 
fineness  and  little  weight  might  be  of  some  use  m  inventing 
something  new  for  the  benefit  of  mankind. 

Yours  respectfully. 




Sspt  .  14th.  1915 . 

Mr.  Eaniol  Kanning, 

96  Madison  Avenue  , 
lieu  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  hag  to  thank  you  for  your  favor 
of  the  10th  instant,  and  the  samples  of  your 
Aluminum  Foil.  They  are  very  interesting. 

I  am  glad  to  know  that  it  oan  he  produced. 

Will  yon  please  quote  prices  on 
this  foil,  as  in  most  oases  the  price  is  a 
controlling  faotor  in  making  an  application 
of  a  given  material. 

Ycurs  very  truly. 




Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.,  h&f**.  W  ^  JT\  i-Q 

Orange ,  I-J.  ^(L  faotfG*  ^ 

Bear  Sir;-  ‘ 

In  reply  »to  your  letter  0$  the  11th  /  ,s,  M  • 

JU-fcut.- Ct*-w  /p> 

malting  inquiry  f. 

alloy  #29,  made  by  the  Titanium  Alloy  Manufacturiilg 

^  yjU,-r^dT  ■ 

Company  of  Hiagara-'lalls.  we  beg  to  state  that  we  do  — 

JC  4-crr  ©-<£-^ 

not  make  any  alloys  made  by  the  above  Company.  Hon- , 

ever,  we  are  manufacturers  of  the  very  highest  tensile 

&  v 

strength  bronze s^on  tl^^Amerioan  Mar^^^^an d^w ^wj> v  ^ 
be  pleased  to  supply  youwlth  Vij|  ^ jmp^e  3^0/  oyr  mentals 

which  you  may  reqnine,  i^Qyou  will  kindly  forw^rdjus  , 
\jtS^JtS2>  <2e-u ^  ‘U>  Ci*<-»-4-et-£SLj  /OJ^omT 
the  physical  ^ 

"iSpSHT-fT-X;  ysfit  U5T 

Awaiting  your  advioeB,  we.remaii 

<*  "fe^So^s ; 



Sept.  1R,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.  3. 

In  reply  refer  to  H.S.P. 

We  have  yours  of  the  14th  inst.  and  note  what  you  say. 

». .«« ;;  >™  is  52  ST«.!Z»T.; 

which  will  produce’ the  Cohalt  as  a  byproduct. 

We  will  take  the  matter  xxV  with  the  refinery  and  advise  you 
Yours  very,  truly, 

BIiniEY  &  SMITH  Q(W> 


cna^  - - 


'  -  H-f 

. .  4-tLe. 

22nd.  1916. 

Sept . 

Blnnoy  &  Smith  Company, 
81  Fulton  Street, 

Hew  Yorfc  City. 

Attention  of  H.  B.  P. 


Bep lying  to  your  favor  of  the  18th  Instant,  let  me  say 
that  your  representative.  .hen  he  sa.  me,  thought  he  could  offer 
the  ore  at  such  a  price  that  I  might  he  enabled  to  get  the  Cohalt 
at  my  price.  He  represented  to  me  that  after  roasting  out  the 
arsenic  and  removing  the  silver  there  .as  left  a  nature  of  Cohalt, 
lllofeel  and  Iran,  of  .hlch  he  sent  me  sample,  and  I  find  I  oan 
separate  the  Cohalt  end  HlcKol  perfectly .  and  at  a  small  cost. 

Yours  very  truly. 




'"'■'--The-'-SifLaon  Company, 

O  BROADWAY,  NEW  YORK  3opt  .  24,  19lk  s, 

»t  u*  h  tsCuat 


i  talking  with .your  repr 
aoaition,  I  .waa  aavise'd  1 

I&SDG  9  V  3  W 

Attention  of  Mr.  k.  A.  Bachman.  \ 

-  VA-ltl 

■o^epresentat^ve,  £££& 
aaviseu  that  your  C 4 

r~&>-i££i  vtA-f  .*&■*& 

the  uae  of  rMetalITo  Cohalt  for^atte^^upoaea  ti 

in  many  reapecta 

W  preferable 



this  metal,  oouplea  witif  the  unoertajnty  o^upply^  had  jenatjred^ 
it  impoaBihle  to  make  uae  of  it.'  ^~£  <s4£ 

Ihe  American  Sme¥tl^^&.  Hefl|^^0^^ h£r  had  in 
operation  for  about  two  yeara  an" experimental  pl^/ft  for  V*9^ 
purpoae  of  producing  an  extremely  high  graae  of  C obalt  Ojide  ana 
Metallic  Cohalt.  The  result  of  thia  experimentation  hati  ueuirv. 
the  development  of  a  prooeaa  of  assure!  teohnioal  auooeaB  aa  well 
as  commercial  success  should  the  market  conditions  warrant  the 
outlay  for  the  ereotion  of  a  large  operating  plant. 

With  this  ena  in  view  the  Company  haB  been  thoroughly 
investigating  the  trade  consumption  of  Cobalt  Oxide  and  Metallic 
Cobalt  in  all  branches  of  manufacture. 

With  the  establishment  of  such  an  enterprise,  4he 
American  Smelting  &  Refining  Company  proposes  to  supply  the  market 
with  a  oonBtant  and  reliable  production  of  both  Oxide  and  Metal, 
and  it  is  our  intention,  in  so  doing,  to  place  the  American 
manufacturer  on  a  moBt  preferential  basis  in  point  of  price. 

Edison  Q o.  -  2  -  9/S4/15 

I  shall  he  greatly  ohligea,  therefore,  if  you  will 
advise  me  on  the  following  Points 

1.  Whether  your  Company  uses  either  Metallic  Cohalt  or 
Cobalt  Oxide  at  the  present  time  and,  if  so,  in  what  quantities 
per  annum? 

2.  With  the  establishment  of  a  constant  and  reliable 

source  of  supply,  do  you  believe  your  consumption  of  theBe  materials 
will  increase,  remain  stationary  or  decrease  in  the  future? 

The  receipt  of  the  above  information  will  greatly 
facilitate  our  arriving  at  a  definite  conclusion  as  to  whether 
the  market  conditions  will  warrant  the  ereotion  of  an  operating 
plant  or  not. 

Realizing  that  it  may  be  somewhat  difficult  to 
formulate  definite  replies  to  the  above  questions,  I  shall  be 
more  than  pleased  to  reoeive  a  visit  from  either  yourself  or 
another  representative  of  your  Company,  at  whioh  time  we  can 
thoroughly  disouss  the  matter  in  hand. 

Thanking  you  for  your  klr 
Yours  very 

id  attention,  I  beg  to  remain,^ 


(  a"Y 

Sept.  39,  1915. 

mi  A-4.  ^  Ce^ 

($y}  tU*  v* 


AviW*  -  f1'-*'*  ^  C'l'a''V 

AAUui  juLflycSfum  <4-  w 

Jcu.  ifeT  3  sUm4 
^  i^c; 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  f3^" a' 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Bear  Sir:  r\UA)J  jL*>04Ci>\\& 

i  „.e .. 

values  favor  of  mb  1»  r.  “g^KS  KujwJ 

Your  advioe  on  this  siibjeot  has  bedn  read  with 
great  interest,  ana  i/i  reply,  I  beg  to  advise  ^rou  as  follows: 

'At  the  present  time  I  am  unahle  to  quote  you  even 

tentative  opst  figures  on  Cobalt  Oxide,  for  the  reason  that-' 
Udovwac  ^  Lciar  OMS 

the  question  of  or^  ^ 

y  our  Bfreptors^  Unddr  the  oo|i- 

ditions  as  now 
price  of  40^  per  pom 

the  matter  of  discEra 

Ml  .- 

•  p^dt^  pure  Cobait^xide^would^b^e it^r 

profit  to  this  . 

on  this  subjoot  my 'become  more  o^e^ay  orystalUz^d^  l^nUXj 
be  greatly  obligecPi^  TOU*wm  ^conBiaQr 

would  be  your  approafjfelfte  demand  djer  Cobalt  Oxlde^oh  oontraot, 
at  a  price  more  nearly  in  the  neighborhood  of  5^ per  pound. 

The  reoeipt  of  suoh  information  will  enable  myth  lay  before 
our  Bireotors  a  more  oonorete  proposition  and  will  greatly 
facilitate  their  arriving  at  a  prompt  conclusion  on  the  whole 


TAE  -  2 


In  regard  to  the  disposal  of  the  crude  mixture  of 
Niokel  Oxide  and  Oohalt  Oxide,  I  may  say  that  the  Company  has 
developed  a  process  for  produoing  the  pure  salts  which,  after 
a  year's  demonstration  in  an  experimental  plant,  has  Bhown 
itself  to  he  entirely  satisfactory  from  a  technical  viewpoint; 
and  unless  there  existed  some  vital  reason  necessitating  your 
making  your  own  separation,  I  hardly  believe  that  such  an 
arrangement  could  he  made  along  such  attractive  lines  to  your¬ 

Heedless  to  say,  I  shall  await  further  advice  from 
you  on  this  subject  with  great  interest. 

Thanking  you  for  your  attention  in  the  matter,  I  beg 

to  remain, 

Oot.  4th.  1915. 

Mr.  Kenneth  S.  Guiterman, 

$  American  Smelting  &  Refining  Co. , 

120  Broadway, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo,  let  me  say 
that  in  my  process  X  must  dissolve  the  Oxides,  and  in  doing  so  I 
can  easily  separate  the  two  metals.  This  is  done  by  a  new  reac¬ 
tion,  and  the  oost  is  not  more  than  30  cents  per  hundred  pounds 
of  the  Mixed  Oxides. 

At  this  time  I  cannot  tell  how  muohl  should  he  able  to 
use,  because  I  must  first,  work  up  the  Trade  in  a  special  type  of 
battery  for  lighting  and.,  starting  automobiles.  This  speoial  bat¬ 
tery  would  be  in  competition  with  lead  batteries,  which  are  very 
cheaply  made  and  sold,  but  do  not  give  satisfaction.  Therefore,- 
I  cannot  break  into  this  business  except  I  can  get  cheap  Cobalt. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Thomas  A.  Edison  ,  Esq. 

ORANGE  ,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Keystone  ,  S.D.  Oct.  9/15 

U  ***£&  ^  ^  ^ 

jn  ^ 

—  —  -  T  have  lust  recej&ecfyoui  favor  of  the  6  th  regard  to 
lliance  °to  S  byj^ress  tote. 

eadowcroft  as  requested.  V>B .  QEjl^  {kjCT*'  we  have  c/rfmbleted  anot, 

Since*-  writing  about  the  potasR^roposition  we 

n  commission.  aim  to  utllize  this  material  as  quick  a/ possible 

..  upripf^  +  of  the  chemical  industries  and  we  had  taken  up  the  matter 
fo  h..over  ..nt  •» 

ifforts  to  supply  some  chemical  trades  in  which  the  raw  mawer 

lirectly  and  also  ££  fertilizers^  ioation  fron  the  Solvay  process 

Pily  worked  oSt  fn  ou?  laboratory  aopfcodesat  for  the  Jr^1SUr 

[rour  plant  on  a  commercial  scale  but  will  let  you  know  whether  it  will  be 
advisable  to  ship  another  carload  to  put  through  the  commercial  process. 

"  We  should  like  to  know  whether  you  have  found  any  demand  £or  Pf, 
potassium  Chloride  at  a  higher  price  per  unit  than  you  are  getting  now,  and  ii 

80  at  WhatHIveChad  some  correspondence  with  the  Niagara  Alkali  P?°£f  an*nto 
they  say  that  they  would  be  willing  to  convert  for  us  potassium  chloride  into 
hydrate.  If  arrangements  for  this  could  be  satisfactorily  made,  y  .  ±. 

produce  this  material.  We  are  sending  under  eeparat  ® 

thp  nntnRfiium  chloride.  such  as  we  can  make,  JLhls  Is  exceptionally  Pufe* 

Do  you  think  it  would  he  possible  to  get  rid  of  say  FIVE  tons  per  day  in  th 

form  of  hyQ^a^e°at^°pa^and  the  Niagara  Alkali  Co  has  written  a  few  days  ago 

that  they  would  have  something  to  communicate^  af»  da  ys.  ^  converslon 

of  the  material  into^Chloride  myself  but  ddfaot  know  about  the  CAUSTIC  The 

electrlytic  processes  are  mostly  patented  not  to  speak  of  other 

ties,  but  I  have  gone  into  these  details  in  order  to  allow  you  to  take  it  up 

in  your  own  way. It  seemed  to  me  that  perhaps  you  wish  to  procure  an  indepen 
dent  and  steady  supply  of  CAUSTIC  POTASH  for  your  storage  batteries  and  I 
should  be  glad  to  oo-operate  with  you  in  this  direction.  At  the  present  our 
company  has  all  the  trade  it  can  take  care  of  and  contracts  have  been  made 

for  quantities^as^fgjisJebrHary  a^;estions  connected  with  the  potash 
situation  that  may  promote  mutual  interests.  Probably  I  shall  be  in  New  York 
the  first  week  in  November  and  if  of  sufficient  interest  to  you  we  could 
go  over  the  matter  personally.  verv  truly 



|Wlna  Operator®  -  Manufacturing  ChemlBts 

oct.  u^A©i&. 


trd— to''^  the 

Dear  Sir.  ^  pursuance  of  our  previous  correspondence  in  re£t 
manufacture  and  utilization  of  Beryllium  Metal,  X  have  sent  you  a  few  days  ago 
a  few  samples  of  the  mineral  as  it  occurs  at  our  mines.  For  years  I  have 
shipped  from  40  to  TSLtons  per  annum  to  Germany,  where  it  was  used  for  a 
special  alloy  ,  the  last  shipment  was  made  just  ^ef°^e  ^he  outbr®a^ 
and  the  price  obtained  has  been  from  $  9b.  to  $  135v00a  ton.  I  had  for 
years  tried  to  do  something  with  this  in  our  own  country,  but  after  all  the 
time  and  expense  experimenting  it  finally  only  possessed  a  i;soientific  inter¬ 
est  for  me.  If  X  take  it  up  again  it  is  due  to  lbycconviction  ,  that  this  metq 
and  its  alloys  have  some  extraordinary  properties  which  will  ,  after  placed 
on  the  market  and  tested  out  will  make  them  indispensable  for  some  special 
purposes.  The  reason  why  it  has  not  received  any  attention  so  far  is  only 
due  to  the  want  of  ore  supply. 

The  mineral  at  our  mines  occurs  massive  along  certain  zones 
and  no  effort  has  been  made  to  mine  it  along  commercial  as  the  ne- 

cessary  quantities  are  being  taken  out  every  year  along  with  the  Lithium  and 
other  minerals.  However  I  am  certain  that  a  hundred  or  more  tons  can  be  taken 
out  every  year  and  the  amount  be  increased  after  continuous  operation  of 
the  omine8di showing  these  zones  of  beryl.  ,  .  ,  _ 

I  am  less  interested  in  the  financial  part  than  in  bring¬ 
ing  something  new  into  use,  but  wish  to  share  in  whatever  credit  is  to  be 
gained  by  making  the  original  investigations  and  the  practical  results  and 
I  am  willing,  that  if  anything  can  be  done  to  bring  it  on  the  market,  to 
deliver  the  ore  at  a  cost  or  n6minal  price  and  take  a  share  in  the  ultimate 
profits  and  whatever  prestige  there  is  in  it.  Of  course  I  take  it  tor  granted 
that  you  are  familiar  with  what  has  been  published  in  the  chemicallltera- 
ture  about  Beryllium  from  time  to  time  ,  out  practically  the  field  is  unex¬ 
plored  and  from  my  own  extended  experiments  and  tests,  is  worthy  of  serious 

investigation.  If  larger  quantities  for  experimental  purposes  are  needed 

they  will  be  forwarded  to  you  on'-'req’uest.  . 

7/  ^fours  very  truly/  ,1) 

Hov.  11th.  1915. 

Jhr.  Herman  Ee Inhold, 

Beinbold  Metallurgical  Co., 

Keystone,  S.  D. 

Dear  Sir: 

Deferring  to  your  favors  written 
in  the  early  part  of  last  month,  I  note  that 
you  are  expecting  to  he  in  Hew  York  some¬ 
where  about  this  time,  and  I  write  to  say 
that  X  shall  he  glad  to  have  the  opportunity 
of  a  personal  talk  with  you  if  this  letter 
reaches  your  office  in  time  to  advise  you. 

I  have  telegraphed  to  you  in  Omaha, 
+.VHT.THng  they  would  notify  you  if  you  have 
already  left. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Spencer  Trask&Co. 

2S  Broad  Street 

Ootober  11th,  1018. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Valley  Road, 

West  Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Stri¬ 
ve  are  writing  you  at  the  suggestion  of  Hr.  Charles  S.  Bradley 
of  41  Park  Row,  in  whose  plan  for  the  recovery  of  the  Potash  i*om  Great 
Salt  Lake  a  client  of  our  house  is  keenly  interested. 

The  first  step  of  the  Bradley  process  calls  for  an  engineering 
control  of  water  pumped  on  to  evaporating  terraces,  the  result  of  which 
hsings  about  a  concentration  of  the  Potash  salts  -  the  Magnesium  salts, 
and  common  salt  in  a  bulk  that  makes  possible  the  recovery  of  the  Potash 
and  Magnesium  on  a  large  scale  and  at  a  low  cost. 

It  has  been  demonstrated  to  our  client. s  satisfaction  that  this 
step  of  the  work  has  been  soundly  planned,  the  only  drawback  suggested 
hy  the  authorities  who  have  studied  the  method  suggested, being  that  the 
enormous  quantity  of  common  salt  abandoned  in  the  process  of  evaporation 
w  eventually  prove  an  insurmountable  physical  barrier  to  continued 
operation,  thereby  compelling  an  abandonmerft  of  land  in  such  quantities 
as  to  constitute  a  serious  drain  upon  the  profits  of  the  enterprise. 

Hr.  Bradley  refutes  this  with  figures  and  plans,  which  show  that 



that  the  deposition  of  salt- can  be  controlled  so  that  a  uniform  deposit 
at  the  rate  of  not  more  than  four  inches  annually  oan  be  maintained,  and 
that  the  (same  land  oould  be  used  until  its  level  has  been  raised  ten  feet 
without  any  serious  increase  of  oost.  He  also  suggests  that  experiments 
are  likely  to  disclose  an  eoonomioal  method  of  flushing  exoess  Balt  book 
into  the  lake. 

The  seoond  step  of  the  prooess,  whioh  provides  for  the  meohani- 
oal  and  chemical  treatment  of  the  concentrate  for  the  recovery  in  market¬ 
able  forms,  of  the  Potash  and  Magnesium,  oalls  for  a  high  order  of 
engineering  skill  and  a  thorough  knowledge  of  the  ohemistry  involved. 

Mr.  Bradley  lays  before  our  olient  a  ooraplete  statement  of  the  ohemioal 
steps,  eaoh  of  whioh  has  had  laboratory  demonstration,  and  the  soundness 
of  the  ohemistry  is  authoritatively  endorsed  to  the  satisfaction  of  our 
olient.  It  is  apparent,  however,  that  the  business  success  of  the 
proposed  undertaking  depends  upon  the  skilful  meohanioal  adaptation  of 
apparatus,  largely  of  speoial  design,  to  properly  oontrol  the  re-actions 
involved.  17a  oannot  find  experts  competent  to  pase  upon  Hr.  Bradley's 
plans  for  oovering  this  vitally  important  field. 

As  we  view  the  subjeot,  the  originality  called  for  is  of  too 
high  an  order  for  review  by  suoh  experts  as  are  employed  by  business  men 
to  pass  upon. engineering  plans  applicable  to  well  explored  fieldB.  We 
are  therefore  compelled  by  the  logio  of  the  situation  to  make  the  most 
searching  inquiry  as  to  Mr.  Bradley's  capabilities,  since  it  is  solely 
upon  his  scientific  knowledge,  originality,  resourcefulness,  soundness 
of  judgment,  integrity,  and  all  round  ability,  that  the  successful 
outoome  of  the  undertaking  really  depends. 

T.A.E.  #3. 

You  will  find  enclosed  herewith  copies  of  letters  from  Francis 
B.  Crooker ,  Esq.  and  Professor  H.  I.  Pupin.  Should  circumstances 
warrant  an  expression  of  your  opinion  of  Ur.  Bradley's  competency  to 
plan  and  carry  out  such  a  work  as  we  have  outlined,  we  shall  he  grateful 
for  a  letter  from  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Crooker  -  Wheeler  Company. 
Manufacturers  and  Eleotrioal  Engineers. 

Ampere,  H.  J.,  U.3.A. 

November  24th,  1014. 

Mr.  0.  0.  Townsend, 

1  East  60th  Street,  Hew  York. 

Dear  Mr.  Townsend:- 

In  confirmation  of  the  opinions  that  I  have  expressed  to  you  in 
regard  to  Mr.  Charles  3.  Bradley,  I  submit  the  following  statement. 

1  have  known  Mr.  Bradley  intimately  since  1881,  and  am  well 
acquainted  with  his  inventions  and  linos  of  work  during  all  of  that  time. 
Mr.  Bradley  has  made  many  inventions,  and  several  of  them  are  of  funda¬ 
mental  end  far  reaohing  importance.  For  example,  he  obtained  a  patent 
on  a  method  of  producing  aluminum  whioh  was  broadly  sustained  by  the 
Courts  aB  covering  all  of  the  practical  ways  of  extracting  metallio 
aluminum  from  its  compounds.  He  also  obtained  a  pioneer  patent  for 
furnaces  used  in  producing  oaloium  carbide.  His  inventions  in  relation 
to  eleotrioal  machinery  were  also  fundamental.  One  of  his  patents 
oovers  broadly  the  rotary  converter,  also  the  double  current  generator, 
both  of  whioh  are  important  maohinea.  He  was  a  leader  in  the  develop¬ 
ment  of  two  and  three  phase-  alternating  current  systems.  X  mention 
these  beoause  they  are  now  historical  in  eleotrioal  soienoe  and  tech¬ 
nology,  and  there  is  no  question  of  personal  opinion  or  doubt  in  respeot 
to  their  high  rank  among  modern  inventions. 

Mr.  Bradley  posse® es  a  wonderfully  dear  and  penetrating  mind; 
he  sees  deeply  into  any  problem  however  difficult.  Of  oourse,  an  invent¬ 
or  of  his  originality  is  bold  and  impossible  to  disoourage,  but  his 
soientifio  theories  and  oonoeptions  are  always  controlled  by  the  true 
Amerioan  sense  of  the  praotioal.  - 

In  short,  he  possesses  oomraon  sense  and  "gumption"  as  well  as 
originality  and  breadth  of  thought.  His  theory  is  oombined  with  prac¬ 
tice,  whioh  are  essential  to  eaoh  other,  either  being  useless  alone. 

He  is  an  indefatigable  worker,  studies  up  the  subjeot,  and  profits  by 
the  experienoe  of  others  in  order  to  guide  and  supplement  his  own 
solution  of  the  problem. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Franois  B.  Crooker. 


0  OPY 
Oomumbia  University 
Department  of 

in  the  City  of  Hew  York. 

Jan.  0,  1916. 

0.  0.  Townsend,  Esq., 

1  East  OOtli  Street,  Oity. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

3ome  time  ago  my  colleague,  Professor  P.  B.  Orooker, 
wrote  you  in  behalf  of  Mr.  Chao.  S.  Bradley.  I  have  read  these 
letters,  which  he  addressed  to  you,  and  I  endorse  every  word 
contained  in  them.  Ky  opportunities  for  studying  Hr.  Bradley's 
oharaotor  and  ability  were  the  same  as  those  of  Prof.  Orooker, 
and  ooverdd  the  same  period  of  time. 

Very  faithfully  yours, 

M.  I.  Pupin. 

41  Park  Row, 

Mew  York,  H.  Y/ 

October  11,  1915. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq,.,  /  I  (J  U,y 

Valley  Road,  ^  Jr 

West  Orange,  M.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

Suppl ement ing  the  information  given  you 
verbally*  I  am  enclosing  a  statement  of  the  recovery  of 
Potash  from  the  concentrated  mother  liquors  of  to0 at  Salt 
lake  Waters  by  the  method  which  was  aeoifled  upon  after  many 
experiments.  For  this  demonstration  we  took  1000  grams 

of  Lake  water  and  carried  it  through  the  succeeding  steps 
to  the  final  orystallizer. 

Your  criticism  that  natural  evaporation 
will  not  appeal  to  the  imagination  is  correct,  and  while  I 
hope  in  order  to  keep  down  the  investment  in  the  beginning, 
that ’ I  oan  start  with  natural  evaporation,  I  have  designed 
and  experimented  upon  a  pern er  evaporator  and  obtained  800 
pounds  of  distilled  water  per  kilo  watt  hour.  The  differ 
enoe  of  pressure  between  the  boiler  side  and  condensing  side 
was  about  2  pounds  and  the  difference  of  temperature  six  de¬ 
grees  Farh.  The  vapor  tension  of  the  salt,  adds  about  6 
pounds  pressure  making  8  for  Balt  water  instead  of  S. 

fhis  can  “be  “balanced  off  .“by  returning  the 
waste  salt  to  the  condensing  water.  This  . 

patent  situation,  though  the  evaporator  for  distilling  simple 
water  waB  patented  many  years  ago  and  is  public  property. 

In  connection  with  pending  negotiations 
for  the  launching  of  this  enterprise  an  annoying  situation 
i  has  arisen  over  the  question  of  designing  the  apparatus  for 
controlling  the  ohemical  re-actions. 

Minor  officials  of  the  Virginia-Car olina 
Chemical  Company,  who  have  the  subject  isabi!- 

represent  to  the  Company's  executive 'committee  the  advisabii 
ity  of  keeping  entirely  within  their  hands  the  engineering 
work  involved 7  This  attitude  is  probably  dictated  by  their 
desire  to  oontrol  whatever  apparatus  pat ant b  may  grow  out  of 
the  development  of  the  work.  . 

My  aBsooiate  objects  to  this  and  in  seek- 
ing  to  show  conclusively  my  special  fitness  to  ^  tha  work, 
both  on  the  ground  of  past  performances,  and  by  reason  of  the 
fact  of  my  having  first  ooncelved  the  idea,  has  had  his 

iTJs  4- 1-'  ‘JE?"f4H^ 

-VwOAv<n^  c*T 

bankers,  Messrs.  Spencer  Trask  &  Co.,  write  you  his  and  their 
views  on  the  subject  with  a  request  for  an  expression  of  your 
opinion  of  my  ability  to  do.  the  job.  All  of  this  is  very 
distasteful  to  me,  but  since  you  had  the  goodness  to  say  that 
you  would  lend  such  aid  as  you  properly  could  in  the  effort 
to  forward  this  undertaking,  I  hope  you  will  pardon  this 
trespass  upon  your  time  and  respond  to  Messrs.  Spencer  Trask 
&  Co.'s  letter  at  your  earliest  convenience. 

I  hardly  need  to  assure  you  that  a  prompt  and 
helpful  word  from  you  at  this  time  will  be  greatly  appre¬ 

Faithfully  yours, 


41  Park  Row, 

Hew  York,  H.  Y. 


Pirst  sample 

Ca  0 
Mg  0 

HaCl  14.2 

K  Cl  *6 

Ratio  of  salt  to 
K  Cl  23-2/3  to  1 

Seaona  sample  ^  q  >06 

“«  °  :S  a  .46  S  03 

HaCl  8.13 

K  Cl  *37 

Ratio  of  salt  to 
K  Cl  22  to  1 

I  think  the  first  sample  the  nearest  to  working  aver¬ 
age,  as  the  average  solids  of  the  Government  analysis  shows 
17.4#  solids,  ana  the  first  average  sample  shows  when  the  S  03 
is  taken  into  consideration  16.44#  solids. 

However,  the  final  experiments  were  upon  the  second 
sample,  having  9.43#  solids,  and  674  grams  of  the  first  sample 
are  equal  in  solids  to  1000  of  the  second.  Hot  haring  any  of 
the  first  sample  left,  we  evaporated  1000  grams  to  166  grams, 
and  filtered. 


-  2  - 

The  residue  contained 

Ca  0.  .4  grams 

MgCl  1.46  " 

K  Cl  .3  " 

HaCl  70.  " 

S.  .1  " 

72.  66 

166  -  72.66  a  93.44  grams  of  water,  which  was  hoiled  with 
Na  H  CO3  moleoular  equivalent  to  Mg  Clg  and  filtered. 
Residue  contained 

8. 5  gramB  UggCgOy 

Trace  K  Cl 

.01  "  Ha  Cl 

Filtrate  contained 

Water  hy  dif¬ 

23.8  grams 

3.6  " 

Ha, Cl 
K  Cl 
S  03 


We  have  here  3.4  grams  £  Cl  out  of  3.7  grams  at  the 
beginning,  or  91$. 

Of  sulphur  11$  has  been  eliminated 
Solution  now  refrigerated  eliminating 
2.4  gfcams  of  S  03  or  53$  of  original 
63  +  11  «  .64$  of  total  eliminated  up  to  this  stage 
3.6  grams  Sulphate  Soda 
9.8  "  Common  Salt. 

After  filtration  solution  contains 

4.43  grams  Water  of 
crystallization  with 
HagS04  . 

64.14  -  4.43  =  49.71 

14.  grams 
3.1.  " 


49.71  " 

83.8$  of  K  Cl  Btill  in  editions. 

Ha  Cl 
K  Cl 
S  0H 



Any  loss  of  K  .01  after  this  stage  can  he  reooverea  hy 
returning  wastes  to  the  system.  However,  I  think  75#  recovery  the  conservative  figure  to  use  in  the  engineering  of  this 

The  tables  are  not  quite  correct  with  reference  to  the 
B  03  as  it  is  in  combination  with  the  Sodium  and  Potassium; 
therefore  there  is  little  less  Chlorine  than  is  represented  by 
the  formulas.  She  amount  is  so  small  as  to  come  within  the 
limits  of  error,  so  for  convenience  no  effort  has  boon  made  to 
distribute  the  S  03  to  the  metallic  elements. 

If  the  balance  of  S  03  gives  trouble  in  separating  the 
Ha  01  and  K  Cl  it  can  be  eliminated  at  small  cost  by  treating 
the  solution  with  Calcium  Chloride,  which  can  be  obtained  from 
subsequent  steps. 

The  evaporation  of  the  remaining  water  takes  place  in 
evaporator  I.  and  the  separation  of  Ha  Cl  and  X  Cl  takes  place 
in  crystallizer  M,  where  the  proportions  cannot  be  tabulated  at 
present,  but  having  the  solution  completely  enclosed  and  under 
control  it  is  only  a  question  of  repeated  return  to  extract  all 
the  X  Cl  at  a  purity  ranging  from  80#  to  96#  depending  on  how 
far  the  crystallization  is  carried.  To  recover  the  Sodium  bi¬ 
carbonate  I  treat  the  Mg3C207  with  Common  Salt,  of  which  there 
is  abundant  in  the  wastes,  with  C  02  under  pressure  and  cold. 
The  0  02  is  obtained  from  the  treatment  of  Mother  liquor  by  bi¬ 
carbonate  of  soda,  and  the  Mg3C297.  Thus  the  C  02  and  Soda 
cycles  and  gives  me  good  grounds  for  patent. 

Oct.  14th.  1915 

Spencer  Trask  &  Company, 

25  Broad  Street, 

New  York  City. 


I  have  received  your  favor  of  the 
11th  instant  in  regard  to  Ur.  Charles  S.  Bradley, 
o g  41  Bark  Row,  Hew  York,  and  his  plan  for  the 
reoovery  of  potash  from  Great  Salt  Lake. 

Let  me  say  in  reply  that  I  have 
known  Mr.  Bradley  for  more  than  thirty  years, 
and  oan  say  of  him  that  he  is  a  good  experi¬ 

I  wish  to  call  your  attention  to  the 
fact  that  at  Akron,  Ohio  there  is  a  large  soda 
works,  and  for  years  they  have  pumped  into  ponds*,, 
and  wells,  covering  15  or  20  acres,  millions 
of  tons  of  Chloride  of  Calcium,  the  by-produot 
of  the  manufacture  of  soda  from  Balt. 

Yours  very  truly. 

department  op  the  interior 



November  16,  1915. 

My  dear  Mr.  Ediocn: 

Tha  inclosed  report  by  L'r.  Eutler  on  a  pooniblo  utilisa¬ 
tion  of  tailings  will,  I  believe,  be  rf  interest  tc  you.  It  simply 
presents  another  line  cf  attach  cn  the  potash  problem,  but  inasmuch 
as  the  record  of  American  engineern  in  "porphyry  coppers"  has  been 
one  of  continued  advance,  oven  a  suggestion  may  bring  result. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

)  fj&tk  ^ 

uo  >4^^  IT 




November  17,  1915 

Orange,  N.  J 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  am  informed  that  near  French  Lick, 
Pa. ,  there  is  a  large  body  of  felspar  carrying  16$ 
of  potash,  which  is  insolnable.  If  this  is  of  any 
interest  to  you,  I  shall  be  glad  to  get  further  par¬ 

Hov.  19th.  191b 

ilr.  1'.  C.  Crane, 

Pilling  &  Crane, 

Broad  &  Chestnut  Sts., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Pear  Hr.  Crane: 

Eeplying  to  your  favor  of  the  17th 
instant,  let  me  say  that  so  far  as  I  know  there 
is  no  economical  way  to  get  the  Potash  out  of 

Are  you  worrying  over  the  boom  in 
the  iron  business? 

Yours  very  truly, 

W-trJr  n  \J  .  /^.^^vBarquette  Building, 


!  ,  *"  /  <2  ^  -  u.  wx?x  tu^4.  w*  «*- 

Thomas  A. 'Edison,  Esq.  ,  (/,•>- «vi  ‘•p*--  p  f\  /  t  fium <w*  <.&&Af%J' 

*« Mr-  *“•“.  <su  4  tr*  r*** 

About  seven  years  ago,  I  bought  in  connection  with 
Mr.  Mayer  of  Chicago,  three  hundred,  and  twenty  acres,  (320)  of  land 
in  northern  Michigan,  about  twenty  miles  from  Mar queUe  and  foux^^ 
miles  from  a  railroad. 

One  hundred  and  twenty  acr^B  (120)  cxf  this  land  ,-*"^re 
proved  by  trenching  and  boring,  contains  what  Beems  to  be  an  ^lmost 
inexhaustible  deposit  of  Feldspar,  our  idea  at  that  time  beipfc  to  . 
ship  this  in  bulk  to  potteries,  who  use  it,  as  you  know,  for-<ijjish- 

1  assay  by  Robert  W.  Hunt  of  Chicago,  shows 

Silica .  64.01 

Iron  Oxide . .  2 .  S3 

Alumina  Oxide . .  IS.  25 

Calcium  Oxide . 90 

Magnesium  Oxide .  Trace 

Sodium  Oxide .  4.37 

Potassium  Oxide .  9«15 

Silica .  63.30 

Alumina  Oxide  . .  21.  50 

Iron  Oxide . .  1.S0 

Calcium  Oxide . .  2.04 

Magnesium  Oxide  . . 14 

Potassium  Oxide ........  4.64 

Sodium  Oxide, .  6.53 

During  the  past  few  months  (in  connection  with  the 
party  who  has  looked  after  the  property  for  us),  we  have  had  two 
german  chemists  at  work  to  determine  how  much  potash  we  coula  com¬ 
mercially  get  out.  Unfortunately  one  of  our  chemists  was  killed  11 
an  explosion,  while  at  work  in  our  labratory.  We  believe  we  can  sj 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

December  1,  1915* 


enough  potash,  which  with  other  commercial  elements  Buch  as  the 
silica  and  alumina,  to  make  it  a  very  valuable  business.  The 
mining  is  all  open  cut  work,  such  as  you  are  familiar  with.  What 
I  would  like  to  have  you  tell  me  is,  whether  it  is  your  opinion  that 
this  can  be  commercially  worked  in  a  way  to  justify  further  expend¬ 

Trusting  you  are  well,  and  with  my  best  wishes,  I 


Yours  very  sincerely. 

Doc .  6th .  1910 . 

Mr.  H.  EL  Dick, 

Marquette’  Building, 

Chicago,  HI* 

Friend  Dick: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  first  instant  in 
regard  to  Felspar,  a  lot  of  money  has  been  expended  in  the 
last  year  and  a  half  on  endeavors  to  get  Potash  from  Felspar. 
A  lot  of  patents  have  been  taken  out,  but  the  coBt  of  refin¬ 
ing,  the  considerable  investment  required,  and  the  certainty 
of  shutting  dovm  the  plant  when  the  bar  is  over  deters  people 
from  going  into  it  as  a  commercial  venture. 

Sour  Felspar  is  not  high  grade.  In  Utah. there  is 
one  dump  at  a  large  copper  mine  vfcere  they  have  five  steam 
shovels,  and  there  is  at  least  three  million|  tons  of  good 
grade  '^.ready  crushed . 

My  advice  to  you  is  to  keep  out. 

fours  very  truly. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Mining  -  Ore  Milling  (E-15-57) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  Edison's  technologies  for  ore 
concentration.  The  selected  documents  pertain  primarily  to  Edison's 
collaboration  with  Henry  B.  Clifford,  a  mine  and  mill  operator  who  employed 
longtime  Edison  associate  James  B.  Ballantine  as  his  engineer  and 
experimenter.  Included  is  a  communication  from  Edison's  personal  secretary, 
Harry  F.  Miller,  informing  the  inventor  of  Clifford's  death.  Also  included  are 
letters  from  stockholders  in  the  defunct  New  Jersey  &  Pennsylvania 
Concentrating  Works  inquiring  about  the  value  of  their  shares. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  documents  consist  primarily  of  letters  of  transmittal  and  unsolicited 
inquiries  that  received  no  substantive  reply  from  Edison. 


P.  O.  Box  242, 


Ted.  Address,  "AMSINCK". 

Hot/  York,  January  4th,  1915. 

Thomas  H.  Edison  Laboratory; 
East  Orange ,  M .  J  • 


One  of  our  customers  in  South  America  inquires 
regarding  a  complete  installation  of  machinery  necessary 
for  cleaning,  or  preparing  and  drying  Kaolin;  also  such 
electro-magnatic  apparatus  as  would  be  suitable  for  ex¬ 
tracting  the  iron  from  the  Kaolin. 

HiB  factory  is  at  present  turning  out  a  rather 
good  grade  of  porcelain  (granite). 

Please  send  any  Portuguese,  Spanish  (or  English) 
oatalog  which  you  may  have,  and  quote  lowest  list  price 
and  highest  export  discount,  stating  separately,  delivery, 
terms  of  payment  and  cash  discount  fas.  steamer  Hew  York* 

Also  if  possible,  cubic  feet,  net  and  gross  w eight ,  packed 
for  export,  so  that  we  may  quote  price  to  customer  delivered 
on  his  wharf  in  South  America- 

Thanking  you  for  immediate  reply,  and  trusting  you 
will  favor  us  with  the  name  of  some  party  who  manufactures  this 

machinery,  in  oase  you  do  not,  we  are 
Yours  truly, 

G.  Amsinck  &  Co. 

Manager' ."Engineering  Dept." 

Silver  Plume  Reduction  Company 


Vr  V'.  TT.  ’'eadoweroft. , 
Edison  Labor  +  ory, 
Orange  17.  .T.  , 

Dear  'Tr  ’'eadowcroft.. 

-Jan  12th,  19X4. 

I  v 

It,  is  now  quite  a  time  sin< 
you  but  tbe  fact  of  the  matter  is,  that  X  have  had  li  tie  of  interest 
to  report;  and  with  all  the  excitement  and  i  ncreased  labor  in 
connection  wi'h  the  fire,  X  thought  it  was  better  not  to  bother  you. 

All  the  same,  X  was  very  glad  to  see  by  'he  Edison  Monthly,  that  the 
loss  from  the  fire  was  not  anything  as  great  as  was  reported  in  the 
papers  out  here. 

Eor  the  past  three  months  I  h  ve  been  trying  to  cut 
a  way  through  the  old  caved-in  workings;  through  one  of  the  '’amous  old 
mines  in  order  to  get  at  the  stopes  and  unbroken  ground.  Unfortunately 
H.  E.'C.  made  a  very  bad  bargain  with  the  owners  when  he  took  over  the 
control  of  those  mines;  as  the  actual  value  was  less  than  one-third  of 
what  it  was  represented  to  be.  As  you  know,  Ouffy  and  some  Pittsburgh 
men  were  behind  him  in  this  deal;  but  they  were  unable  to  supply  the 
money  necessary  to  fix  up  their  part  of  the  undertaking  las*  April, 
when  we  were  ready  with  the  mill  t.o  receive  the  ore.  The  consequence 
was,  that  the  Detroit  men  had  to  advance  the  necessary  cash. 


running  the  mill  for  some  time  and  finding  out  the  bugs  end  all  the 
mistakes  I  had  made  in  construction,  we  thought  it  was  better  to  stop 
operating  until  a  richer  supply  of  ore  could  be  obtained  than  whs.  .  was 
on  the  dump.  Again  Clifford,  Ouffy,  &  Co  were  unahle  to  supply  any 
money;  and  the  outcome  was  that  the  Detroit  men  had  to  again  step  into 
the  breach  and  provide  the  necessary  "’undo.  They  have  now  taken  over 
the  control  of  Clifford’s  In  Sight  Ore  Co;  and  with  a  large  reduction 
in  in  royalty,  compered  to  Clifford’s  original  agreement,  with  the 
owners.  I  consider  that  f-he  future  looks  very  bright. 

During  the  months 

that  we  have  been  shut  down,  X  have  heen  making  slight  alterations  here 
and  there  in  the  mill,  where  my  former  experience  shewed  tha'  improve¬ 
ments  could  be  made.  The  mill  on  the  whole,  however,  was  very  setisfacto- 
ry  from  the  first;  and  when  we  got  the  wheels  going  round,  x  I  'ound 
-that  we  had  made  fewer  mistakes  than  I  had  anticipated.  I  am  hoping  to 
begin  running  in  about  six  weeks'  time;  as  by  then  I  hope  to  nave  reached 
the  high-grade  ore.  Altogether,  I  have  opened  up  very  nearly  two  thousand 
feet  of  tunnel;  over  six  hundred  feet  of  this  being  through  caved-in 
material;  all  of  which  had  3m  to  he  spiled  first  and  re-timbered  a-.ter. 

‘“.UTSS-  ~r»Iu 

writi^r  '’VW.'ison  on  that  suhjeot;  to  find  out  what  hxa  ideas  are 

kind.  The  'Detroit  men  not  only  pr°-r*de<l  h  f.rr 

the  experiments  a-  the  hahoratory;  %  t^e  as  -ell  as 

for  o  rrytn®'  the  theories  out  in  a  jj- •  otical  s.v.^  ’  the 

As  ! 

SDs;nS"faL:“,-"s;/Kv‘”SS.y . 

,  the 

Silver  Plume  Reduction  Company 

Mr  Wm.  Meadowcroftl 
Edison  Laboratory,  \ 


Many  thanks  for  yours  of  the  3.5th  in  answer 

tL:im  “ ' 

where  the  valuable  ore  was  extr«c  .e  y  E  of  oourae  one  never 

,m.„,  «.t  i. »;«.« r«r§™Hi .?»-  „n  f“”s™  «s;  -«s  scimi. 

through  a  cave-in  and  find  an  open  sp-oe  ,  -  n n  it  fili  down 

to  do  other  than  clear  up  the  track,  and  a^ain  -  are  in  now 

which  may  mean  a  month’s  tart work.  (The  Resent  °a 
is  over  250’  long  and  is  still  down  ..head  o_  us- 'Thig  sort  of  v,ork 
,  ,  _ , „  three  men  can  be  worked  to  advantage  on  a 

&  sSKSr&tAS  ;w»i 

am  aiming  It;  as  soon  as  I  get' the  work  thoroughly  developed. .  ^  ^ 


1  a  Sirs  aa  a  “ 

ass  ss  && 

I  have  carried. classification,-  After  the  coar  through  ver- 

with  Mr  Edison,  8"^^enttoMr  Edison, 
a  visit  would  be  convenient 

SSMat  “^^*' v 

SS°SinKr  7Freat%bl^tion  on  yours  very  truly, 

Silver  Plume  Reduction  Company 


Feb  21st  1915. 

Dear  Mr  Meadowcroft, 

Thank  you  very  much  for  sending  on  my  sister's  letter 
It  is  more  than  ten  years  since^  had  any  news  of  her?  and  my 
letters  had  been  returned;  so  I  thought  she  must  be  dead,  and  I 
was  very  glad  to  receive  her  letter. 

Yours  sincerely, 

Silver  Plume  Reduction  Company 


Eeh  28th  1915. 

Mr  H.  Bachmann, 

Gffien.  Man.  Edison  Stprage  Battery  Co. 
Orange,  tf.  J.  , 

My  Bear  Boh, 

This  will  introduce  to  you,  Mr  A.  H  Miy  n«rd 
or  ’Detroit,  the  President  of  our  Company,  who  has  come  to  Orange  for 
the  purpose  of  talking  over  future  Business  matters  with  Mr  Edison. 

Any  kindness  that  you  can  shew  him,  in  making  his  trip  a  pleasant  one, 

will  he  very  much  appreciated  hy  r 

you  a  long  history  of 
With  kindest  regard sjt 

my  operations  here  during  the  past  month*. 
I  am,  Yours  very  truly, 

H  Return  In  5  days  to 



Mr  R.  Bachmann,. 

Gen.  Man.  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Silver  Plume  Reduction  Company 


Feb  28th  1915 

Mr  K.  Millar, 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange ,  N.  J. , 

Dear  Mr  Millar, 

This  will  introduce  to  you  Mr  A.  H. 
Maynard,  the  president  of  our  Company,  who  has  come  to  Orange  for  the 
„„poe.  Of  t.lklnE  o,„r  fntnre  »l»i«—  W  Mison.  Vr 

Mcynerd  r.pre.ente  U»  °r  ln  ^t™1*'  P""****  ** 

money  to  carry  -y.r—t.  to  •  pr.otic.1  end  »•".  »*  *°  "°” 

providing  th.  money  *»  "pen  *»  «“  *f‘*r  tt*  er,,t  "1“"  “ 

CUfford.,  dump.  proved  ..myth.  They  .!«,  I  *M 

«,  of  t*.  money  for  «.  «p.ri..n.e  ..  «.  Moratory.  «r 
rn.y  .den  to  .*  yon  *...  «  — -  -“-red  on  «...  -»-«>“• 
Any  info  motion  yon  W  five  him,  end  Mndn...  you  W  ■»•*  ». 

be  ven/  much  appreciated  by  Yours  truly, 


Mr  H.  Millar, 


Orange,  J- » 

Silver  Plume  Reduction  Company 


Feb  28th  1915. 

Mr  W.  H.  Meadpwroft, 

Edison  laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J., 

Dear  Mr  Meadowcroft, 

This  will  introduce  to  you  Mr  A.  H. 
Maynard,  the  President  of  our  Company;  who  is  visiting  Orange  for  the 
purpose  of  talking  over  future  business  a'fairB  with  Mr  Edison. 

By  making  his  visit  as  pleasant  as  you  can,  you  will  greatly  oblige 
Yours  sincerely, 


Mr  H  Meadowcroft, 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N. 



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Gentlemen:-  Attention  Mr.  E.J. Doherty 

Acknowledging  your  request  of  May  14th 
for  copy  of  financial- report,  beg  to  Bay  that, we  are  at 
the  present  time  closing  our  hookB  for  our  fiscal  year, 
ending  'February  28th  1916,  and  as  soon  as  the  work  is 
completed  we  will  forward  you  a  statement. 

Yours very  truly. 

o a  bottom,  ''Associate  of  Thomas  A.  Edison".  Will  you  kindly 
adviso,  if  possible,  nr.  Clifford's  present  addross,  aB  \se  are 
liolding  in  our  Unclaimed  freight  house.  Locust  Point,  fid/,  six 

crates  and  six  boxes  patterns,  shipped  from  Denver,  Colo.,  in 
Hay  1914,  consigned  to  him  ,5  Croon's  Hotel,  Philadelphia,  pa.. 

This  shipment  arrived  at  Philadelphia,  pa. ,  0.  K. ,  and 
consignee  was  promptly  notified,  but,  Tor  somo  reason,  ho  failed 
to  take  deliveryj  we  uIbo  notified  him  at  8tji  &  Chosnut  Uts., 
but  the  notice  was  returned  by  the  postal  Authorities  marked, 
'•Unable  to  locate" 

The  shipment  is  now  included  in  sale  to  be  held  at  Locust 
Point  June  7th  and  Oth  and  we  will,  therefore,  greatly  appreciate 

the  above  requested  information.  Kindly  rofor  to  oui 
Point  10496  when  replying. 

F.  0.  A. 

Camden  Station 

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Hr'**  ,  4107  Chester  Avenue, 

MW*/  ^  jJS  w^vt  OvK^Philadelifeia, 

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Uy  dear  sir:  ^  JU*»*  C 

At  the  instance  of  Ur.  William  Marks,  Present  of  an  Electn- 
al  company  in  Philadelphia,  who  told  me  that  acqjUing  to  your 
statements  you*-  experiments  had  gone  so  fa*-  as  to  make  results 
certain  in  the  Hew  Jersey  and  Pennsylvania  concentrating  Works, 

.1  paid  to  you  October  30,  1395,  five  thousand  dollars  for  fifty 
shares  of  the  stock# 

In  the  certificate  of  stock  signed  and  sent  to  me  by  you, 
said  Stares  are  made  transferable  on  certain  conditions.  Mr. 
Marks  left  Philadelphia  soon  after,  and  so  fa*-  as  1  remember  1 
have  not  heaxd  from  him  since.  1  write  to  know  at  what  price 
said  shares  can  be  transferred,  and  to  whom?  An  early  reply  will 
greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly. 


Attorney  at  JUolu 

3toijr  oil,  <4 MSto  (j  ijgxnx 

December  2nd,  1915. 

Delos  Holden,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  November  15th  addressed  to  J.  B. 
Ballantine  with.  reference  to  license  agreement  given  by 
Mr.  Edison  to  Henry  B.  Clifford 'has  been  handed  to  me  for 

Mr.  Clifford  upon  receiving  this  license  assigned 
the  same  to  the  Silver  Plume  Reduction  Co.  receiving  therefor 
fifty  thousand  shares  of  the  par  value  of  §1.00  each.  At  the 
time  of  transferring  this  license,  as  well  as  prior  thereto, 

Mr.  Clifford  agreed  to  give  various  parties  interested  in  his 
proposition  an  amount  in  shares  of  a  so-called  parent  Company 
to  exploit  the  Edison  invention  equal  to  one-half  of  the  money 
so  advanced  by  them.  He  also  commercialized  his  interest 
in  the  Edison  process  to  the  extent  of  giving  other  parties 
bonuses  of  the  parent  Company  to  be  issued  to  them  when  it 
should  be  incorporated.  On  the  strength  of  his  various 
promises  and  representations,  he  obtained  a  large  amount  of 
money  for  the  exploitation  of  the  process,  and  roughly  speaking, 
I  estimate  the  same  to  be  between  forty  and  fifty  thousand 
dollars . 

Mr.  Clifford  was  in  severe  financial  straits  for  a 
number  of  years  prior  to  his  death  and  he  had  disposed  of 
all  the  Silver  Plume  Reduction  Co.  stock  which  he  received. 

His  stock  passed  into  the  hands  of  parties  who  purchased  the 
same  for  cash.  As  to  the  value  of  the  stock,  it  has  at  all 
times  been  problematical  as  the  proposition  has  required  larger 
sums  in  financing  than  had  been  expected  and  the  mill  has  not 
yet  become  a  commercial  factor. 

X  am  giving  you  this  .information  as  attorney  of 
the  Silver  Plume  Reduction  Co.  We  shall  be  pleased  at  all 
times  to  give  you  any  further  informat iqrJ-which  youmay  desire. 

Very  respectfully  yours 

1503  Jefferson,  A 
Scranton,  Pa, 
December  S  1915 

!'r.  Thomas  A. Edison 
Pest  Orange 
New  Jersey 


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Bear  sir:-  Jf 

Some  years  ago  I  understand  you  rare  engaged*  in.,.  *•>• 

iA  •”t 

concentrating  a  low  grade  iron  ore  at  Edison  a.J.  (C/ 

I  hove  no  idea  of  the  particulars  whether! the 
petered  out  or  was  not  suitable  for  your  plant,  however '•’if  the  5 
is  like  the  lake  Champlain  ore  or  that  which  I  once  worked  at  3tej/~ 
lington  ;!.y.  or  that  ot  Port  Oram  K.J.  I  can  concentrate  it  on  ^ 
small  plan  and  make  moey  for  you  and  nyself. 

I  would  require  between  $75  and  1. 100, 000  for  plant  and  working 
capital  .  Iron  ore  has  value  to  day  and  will  have  for  some  time  to 
come  ,  consequently  a  plant  that  can  produce  50  tons  of  concentrate 
per  day  and  about  one  half  as  much  more  Tri  calcium  phosphate  will 
make  money.  I  am  a  mining  engineer  and  after  working  14  years  for 
one  concern  on  a  salary  I  am  obliged  to  take  up  consulting  work 
I  refer  you  to  VJlios  VTho  for  record  and  can  give  you  references  if 
needed.  I  visited  you  at  luenloe  Park  with  my  father  Elisha 

Pi Is on  who  invented  the  repeater  or  so’jnder  and  I  remember  the  bulbs 
at  the  station  and  up  the  hill.  I  am  enclosing  card  which  kindly 
put  on  file  so  that  in  case  you  n,eed  anything  in  ny  line  you  will 
know  where  to  find  the  proper  person.  The  Yale  Engineering  Association 
Secretary  15  Vfllliams  Street  :T.T.  or  the  Secretary  of  the  American 
Institute  will  be  able  to  put  you  in  touch  with  me  in  case  you  should 
forget  1  am  at  Scranton,  which  is  not  likely. 

yours  very  truly, 


Consulting  lining  Engineer 

•grttir  &  / 


^22 XX 



December  15,  1915 

Mr.  Edison:“eferriIlg  t0  thyattached  memorandum  In  regard  to  the 
money  still  owing  to  you  for  experiments  made  for  Mr.  Clifford, 
Mr.  Ballantine  has  advised  us  that  he  cannot  tell  us  much  about 
Mr.  Clifford's  affairs.  I  direct  your  attention,  however,  to 
the  attached  letter  from  the  attorney  for  the  Silver  Plume 
Reduction  Company,  to  which  company  the  license  from  you  to 
Mr.  Clifford  has  been  assigned.  Mrs.  Clifford  states  that  Mr. 
Clifford  left  nothing,  and  this  statement  seems  to  be  confirmed 
by  the  said  letter.  Mrs.  Clifford  states  that  there  has  been 
no  administration  of  Mr.  Clifford's  estate  and  the  County  Clerks 
at  Denver  and  Georgetown,  Colorada  advise  that  there  has  been 
no  administration  of  his  estate  in  their  counties. 

In  view  of  the  circumstances,  I  do  not  think  that 
we  oan  oolleot  anything  on  this  claim. 




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•  er  16,  1915  * 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  President 
Orange,  N.  J. 

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Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

There  is  a  fine  grinding  machine,  which  ‘ 
is  said  to  he  doing  wonderful  work  on  cement ,  rock  /j. 

and  limestone.  A  test  of  Benson  ore  showed  thirtji^  j/ 
tons  per  hour  through  twenty  mesh,  with  something  y c" 

under  one  hundred  H.  P.  The  name  of  the  machine  ft  y  ^ 
is  the  Kominutor,  and  it  is  sold  by  P.  L.  Smidth^t  Jf 
&  Company,  50  Church  Street,  New  York.  Unless 
you  are  familiar  with  this  machine,  I  strongly  \° 
recommend  that  you  look  into  it.  I  understand 
they  have  a  testing  plant^at  Elizabeth. 

8ry  tathly 


copy  to  Mr.  Mallory 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Motion  Pictures  (E-15-58) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  motion  pictures >  in  the  United 
States  and  other  countries.  In  addition  to  the  incoming  letters,  there  are 
interoffice  communications  by  Leonard  W.  McChesney,  general  manager  of 
the  Motion  Picture  Division  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  and  other  company 
executives,  employees,  and  experimenters.  Many  of  the  documents  bear 
marginalia  by  Edison.  Included  are  items  pertaining  to  Edison  s  kinetophone 
(his  system  for  talking  motion  pictures)  and  his  home  kin 
also  references  to  inflammable  film  stock,  scientific  f'l^®j 

the  color  processes  of  William  Friese-Greene,  John  H.  Powrie  and  the 
Tricolor  Animatograph  Syndicate,  Ltd.  A  communication  to  Powrie  from  Carl 
H  Wilson  general  manager  of  TAE  Inc.,  remarks  that  'we  do  not  care  o 
assume  any  further  expense  in  connection  with  the  development  of  your 
inventions  in  color  photography." 

Also  included  are  letters  inviting  Edison  to  serve  as  honorary  President 
of  the  Motion  Picture  Board  of  Trade— an  offer  that  he  ultimately 
declined — and  a  draft  letter  to  Rabbi  Stephen  S.  a 

opinions  about  Jews,  Irish,  and  German  Americans.  In  addition  hasb'en 
series  of  weekly  statements  by  McChesney,  a  sample  of  which  has  been 
selected  reporting  on  films  ordered  by  the  General  Film  Co.  and  Greater  New 
York  Film  Rental  Co.  Other  correspondents  include  motion  Picture  Pioneers 
J  Stuart  Blackton  and  George  K.eine;  U.S. 

Frnhman  theater  manager  and  president  of  the  Actors  Fund  of  America, 
engineer  and  longtime  Edison  associate  Adolph  F.  Gail,  potato  expert  Eugene 
H.  Grubb;  curator  Edgar  R.  Harlan;  actress  June  Keith;  and  Prof.  Frederick 
H.  Newell,  former  director  of  the  U.S.  Reclamation  Service. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  The 
materia^not  selected  consists  primarily  of  dupkc^es,  letters  of  transmrttal  d 
acknowledgment,  and  unsolicited  correspondence  that  received 
substantive  reply  from  Edison. 

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Film  CoM 

P.39  Lpkeside  jve, 
Orenge,  N.  J. 


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jiberj^to  write  to  you  in  regrrd  to  t 
e  Boston  end  Chicego  Oigsre 

Compenies;  who  is  under" my  rngnyment.  r*g,  3  ^ 

Miss  White  is  th^lnost^beeutiful  women  before  the 
operetio  world  todey.  Her  beeuty  is  of  r  style  which 
would  lend  itself  wonderfully  to  cinometcgreph  productions 
She  is  very  tell  end  greceful,  hcs  wonderful  big  bleck 
eyes  end  curly  birch  he^ 

Miss  White  es  you  perheps  know  wAp  chosen  by  the 
Chicego  Grend  Opere  Compeny  to  crept e1  such  roles  es 
ii  The  Girl  Prom  the  Golden  West"  end  "  The  Jewels  of  the 
liedonne",  ell  roles  which  require  greet 
emotionel  ecting  end  in  which  she  wEs  - 
successful.  She  hts  ettrected  es  much 
ecting  es  by  her  mervelous  voice. 

For  thet  rep son  ,  she  would  be  most  desireble  ps  sm 
ertist  to  produce  opere  or  some  big  dreme  for  you. 

I  fm  enclosing  e  post  cerd.of  Miss  White'  end  will  send 
you  r  lerger  picture  if  you  wish. 

nd  exceptionel 
ttention  thru  her 

Plepse  let  me  know  immedietely  ,  if  you  wish  to 
negotipte  with  Miss.  White  end  I  will  tpke  the  metier 

Chicego,  Ill. 
Jen.  13,  1918 



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I  1  I  January  \4 , 


Mr.  Wilson:-  t==^^ 

With'  reference  to  the  Home 1*T  i'i  I  I  05  I  I  mi ,  I 
call  your  attention  to  the1  fact  that  there  are  about  haj 
cLozen  pending  patent  applications  on  inventions  (some  oj 

are  quite  complicated)  oovering  the  Home  £•  E*  machine^  and 
also  the  processes  and  machines  employed  in  manufacturing  Home 
P.  K.  films.  The  further  prosecution  of  these  applications  will, 
of  course,  entail  the  expenditure  of  considerable  time  and  money, 
which  fact  should  be  taken  into  consideration  in  connection  with 

Ab  some  of  the  applications  referred  to  above  are  due  fc 
amendment  at  an  early  date,  will  you,  as  soon  as  it  is  decided  wh£ 
is  to  be  d!one  in  this  matter,  kindly  advise  the  Legal  Department 
thereof  so  that,  in  the  event  that  it  is  decided  to  no  longer  mam 
faoture  Home  P.  K.  machines  and  films,  the  question  of  dropping 

these  applications  may  at  c 

)  be  taken  up  with  Mr.  Edison. 


Thomas  A.  EdisonJnc. 

Or  a  nge  ,N.  J.,U.  S.  A. 

PJiWnogmphs  and  Records. Edison  Primary  Batteries 
gcUsoft  Kinetoscopes  andMotton  Picture  Films 
ioaHome  Kinetoscopes  and  Motion  Picture  Films 
Bson  Dictating  Machines.  Edison  Kinetophones 
in  A.C.RccliGers  and  Edison  House  Lighting  Controllers 


Edison  Studio,  2826  Decatur  Avenue 

Bedford  Park,  New  York  January  16th,  1915. 

<r\  c/h. Wilson,  Vioe-PreB 

v*  |  j  Thomas  A.  EdlBon,  Ino 

&  Gen.  Mgr. 

_  A.  Edison,  Ino . , 


Dear  Mr.  WilBon:- 

n  returning  herewith 
the  letter  from  Mr.  Olando  Howland  addressed 
to  Mr.  Edison  in  regard  to  a  young  man  named 
Harry  C.  Candee. 

It  turns  out  that  this  young 
man  has  never  been  on  our  pay  roll,  but  was 
employe  d  from  time  to  time  by  the  day  as  a 
property  man.  Before  we  made  the  recent 
ohange  in  supplanting  Sauer,  who  had  charge 
of  this  department,  with  Taylor,  Candee  got 
the  idea  into  his  head  that  he  could  become 
an  assistant  to  Sauer  and  supervise  certain 
details  of  the  sets  on  the  studio  floor.  With 
this  in  mind,  he  came  to  see  me  on  New  Year's 
Eve,  late  in  the  aftemnon  just  before  I  was 
leaving.  Miss  Bannon  told  me  that  a  person 
named  Candee  wanted  to  Bee  me  and  as  she  had 
not  the  least  idea  who  he  was  and  I  was  in  a 

hurry,  I  said  I  oouldn'l 


see  him.  Miss  Bannon, 


-  2  - 

January  16th,  1915 , 

Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson - 

however,  made  an  appointment  for  Saturday, 
the  day  after  Hew  Years.  During  this  in¬ 
terval  of  time,  the  news  went  out  that 
Sauer  had  been  supplanted  hy  Baylor,  so 
Candee  then  went  to  Taylor  and  told  him 
that  he  wanted  to  see  me.  Taylor,  being 
fresh  in  the  department  rather  resented 
the  idea  of  trying  to  go, over  his  head 
with  any  suggestion  and  he,  therefore, 
told  Candee  that  if  he  had  any  suggestions 
to  make,  to  make  them  to  him  and  not  to  me. 
Candee  thought  this  meant  that  he  had  lost 
all  ohanoe  of  a  job  and  this  was  the  way 
the  letter  happened  to  be  written  by  Mr. 

Taylor  told  me  this  morning,  be¬ 
fore  I  had  had  a  ohanoe  to  speak  to  him  a- 
bout  the  matter  that  he  had  displaced  one 
of  the  property  men  now  on  the  pay  roll  and 
proposed  to  put  Candee  on  Monday  morning  in 
the  capacity  that  he  had  indicated,  believ¬ 
ing  that  it  would  be  of  assistance  all  a- 
round.  Since  then  I  have  seen  Candee  and 
he  seems  to  be  a  bright  young  man,  although 
he  is  inclined  to  be  a  little  talkative. 

_  2  _  January  16th,  1916, 

Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson— 

However,  X  hope  he  will  make  gooa. 

yours  very  truly. 

Motion  Picture  Dept., 

Mgr .Negative  Production. 


(Ulfe  “fagtrtm” 


I  have  just  had- a  call  from  a  Hr  Hiller,  of  Hoifekc 
states  that  his  father  has  been  with  your  company  there  for  s, 
and  that  he  himself  is  a  civil  engineer  i??**®*  “  JhSt  31 

In  the  course  of  the  conversation  it  developed  that  nr 
claims  to  know  you,  and  expects  to  call  upon  you  in  February, 
states  that  there  is  a  fine  opening  out  there  for  moving  Plot 
and  your  comoany,  I  understand  is  building  a  building  E 

where  duly  7th  1872.  My  fathe- 

medical  missionary.  I  graduated  from  Yale  in  the  class  of  1 

medical  missionary.  I  graduated  from  Yale  in  the  class  of  1899  SVef , 
and  shortly  after  went  out  to  Shanghai  for  the  J0"  J^t^theli 
Import  Company  and  opened  up  their  business.  I  was  with  them  for  fetor 
vears  and  resigned  because  of  the  sudden  death  of  my  brother,  I 

who  was  manager  of  their  Calcutta  business. •  I  came  some  on 
of  my  mother,  who  has  since  passed  away.  I  am  in  busineos  for  mysilf 
in  Washington,  in  the  curio  line,  but  I  am  not  satisfied  witn  the  I 
outlook  in  this  country  during  the  Democratic  regeme  ,  ana  feel  that\ 
after  the  European  war  is  over  business  will  not  re  much  bettei . 

Sp0al-  the  Foochow  dialect  fairly  well,  and  have  a  smatterin  of 
Pekinese  which  is  rusty,  which  might  be  brushed  up.  I  feel  that 

there  is  a  future  in  the  moving  picture  business  for  Chinu.  i 

want  to  say  that  I  am  not  in  favor  of  criminal  pictures,  ana  would  not 
care  to  entertain  any  proposition  with  the  view  of  introducing  them  in 
China.  I  am  informed,  however,  that  the  Edison  Company  would  probably 
go  in "more  for  educational  features  for  China,  and  I  write  to  ask 
if  there  is  any  possibility  of  my  making  a  satisfactory  deal  where 
I  could  go  to  Hongkong  say  on  a  year!s  contract  with  you,  or  longer 
with  expenses  guaranteed  for  myself  and  wife,  to  engage  in  this 
work.  I  know  the  field  there  is  most  promising,  and  I  think  my 
experience  with,  and  lovefor  the  Chinese- would  mean  success.  I  oan 
submit  letters  from  officers  of  the  New  York  Export  and  Import  Co.  , 
now  bankrupt,  which  speak  for  themselves  as  to  their  opinion  of  my 
work  for  them  in  Shanghai • 



If  you  can  make  me  satisfactory  offer,  would  be  disposed  to 
sell  out  my  stock  here,  even  at  a  sacrifice,  and  coulci  probably 
be  ready  to  go  about  fall.  Possibly  before.  I  feel  the 
future  for  me  is  in  China  rather  than  in  the  United  States. 

If  you  are  in  the  position  to  make  me  a  proposition 
I  would  be  glad  to  send  on  to  you  letters  which  will  give 
you  a  better  idea  of  my  career  in  Shanghai. 

Jan.  26th,  1916 

Mr .Meadoworoft , , 

Orange,  W.J.  .  .  _  .. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  wrote  you  some  time  ago  in  reply  to  your  latter 
and  have  not  been  favored  with  a  reply. 

We  also  wish  to  ask  if  you  will  not  favor  us  with 
some  of  the  material  with  whioh  you  make  films  which  we 
presume  is  o&llulose,  as  we  believe  that  we  oan  success¬ 
fully  fire-proof  films  without  injury  for  moving  picture 

Respectfully  yours, 





IOWA,  SA'ITKDAY,  NOVUM  HER  2S,  1!>1 1 
:•:()()  I*.  M. 




■January  27,  1915, 

irry^Hazelton,  a  client  of  mine,  has  asked  me 
'  you  and  inquire  whether  you  still  control 
talking  moving  pictures. 

Mr.  Hazel ton  is  a  young  inventor  who  has  recently 
perfected  some  valuable  improvements  on  moving  picture 
machines.  Just  at  present  he  is  contemplating  organizing 
a  company  for  the  purpose  of  putting  his  various  inventions 
on  the  market,  and  thinks  that  in  case  you  still  control 
the  patents  on  talking  moving  pictures,  he  may  he  able 
to  co-operate  with  you  in  improving  the  moving  picture 
side  of  them.  With  this  in  view  he  would  like  to  come  • 
east  and  do  some  work  along  that  line  in  your  plant. 

Personally,  I  have  little  knowledge  of  the  merit 
of  Mr.  Hazelton’ s  inventions,  but  everyone  who  I  have 
consulted  concerning  them  says  that  they  are  a  very 
great  improvement.  The  Professors  under  whom  he  studied 
in  the  University  of  Washington,  tell  me  that  he  iB  an 
inventor  of  rare  promise,  and  that  he  showed  great 
capability  in  the  line  which  he  took  up,  that  of  a 
Mechanical  Engineer.  He  also  has  a  number  of  other 
inventions  which  are  said  to  have  considerable  merit. 

I  will  consider  it  a  great  favor  if  you  will  give 
me  the  information  I  desire'  concerning  the  patents  ,and 
tell  me  if  there  is  any  of  Mr.  Hazelton  getting  an 
oppurtunity  to  do  some  work  in  your  plant. 

Very  truly  yours, 


Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson, 

o/o  Thomas  A.  Sdison,  Inc., 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Wilson: - 

Your  letter  of  the  15th  instant  was  duly  received. 

Of  course,  1  will  have  to  aocept  your  notification  as  ohoerfully  as 
possible  that  you  have  decided  to  discontinue  the  work.  My  experience 
in  not  being  given  proper  facilities  and  the  lack  of  any  appreciation 
of  my  work  has  been  a  great  disappointment  to  me  of  course.  1  have 
realized  that  for  the  past  two  years,  Mr.  Edison  has  ben  losing  interest 
in  this  matter,  so  that  when  we  were  locked  out  of  our  work  shop  by  him 
shortly  after  the  fire,  it  was  no  surprise  to  us.  As  regards  your 
suggestion  that  Mr.  Edison  should  be  reimbursed  for  the  expense  of  the 
experiments,  I  can  hardly  believe  that  such  a  suggestion  comeB  personally 
from  him.  I  haven't  the  heart  to  discuss  the  contents  of  your  letter 
with  HIbs  Warner  and  her  mother  and,  before  doing  so,  I  would  really  like 
to  know  that  the  proposition  contained  in  your  letter  comes  from  Mr. 
Edison  himself.  I  am  sending  a  copy  of  thiB  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  to- 



Mr.  0.  H.  Wilson  -  #2.  January  28th,  1915. 

gather  with  a  copy  of  the  letter  which  1  received,  from  you. 

Vt>  tv  t.rulv  vours. 



THOMAS  A.  EDISOB,  Inc.  , 
Orange,  E.J. ,  U.3.A. 

January  15,  1915. 

John  K,  Powrie, 

Imperial  Hotel, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

Beferring  to  the  subject  matter  of  our  recent  con¬ 
versation,  we  do  not. care  to  assume  any  further  expense  in  connec¬ 
tion  with  the  development  of  your  inventions  in  color  photography. 

V/e  have  expended  up  to  date  quite  a  sum  of  money,  including  the 
amount  paid  for  our  option.  This  amount  we  think  you  should 
reimburse  us  for,  either  by  deducting  same  from  the  initial  pay¬ 
ment,  in  case  we  exercise,  our  option,  or  by  payment  of  same  to  us 
in  case  we  decide  not  to  exercise  the  option.  We  should  be  glad, 
therefore,  if  you  will  communicate  with  your  associates,  with  a 
view  to  entering  into  some  agreement  for  securing  this  result, 
as  for  example,  an  agreement  that  if  we  do  not  exercise  the  option 
wa  will  release  you  from  all  claims  with  respect  to  your  inventions 
in  color  photography,  including  U.  S.  Parent  So.  802,741' and  your 
more  reoent  inventions,  upon  payment  to  us  of  the  amount  we  have 
expended  and  providing  that  our  claim  shall  be  a  lien  on  your  patent 
and  inventions,  and  that  the  same  shall  not  be  assigned  or  trans¬ 
ferred  until  our  claim  has  been  satisfied. 

Yours  very  truly, 

C.  E.  Wilson, 

Vice-Pres.  &  Gen.  Mgr. 


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Fort  Dodge, Iowa, 

Felj.  2nd,  1915 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  -JS .  J . 

hear  Sir: 

We  thank  you  for  yours  of  Jan.  30th  and  as  soon 
as  we  reoeive  the  Film  solution,  will  advise  you  of 
the  result  of  our  experiments. 

Very  truly  yours. 




requires  stars,  can’s  or  sprockets  we  will  allow  you 
a  liberal  commission. 

Our  equipment  for  this  line  of  work  is 
complete  in  every  detail.  We  manufacture  such  parts 
in  hundred  lotB  for  several  machine  manufacturers 
that  demand'  the  best  at  the  lowest  possible  cost. 

Yours  truly, 

Lavezzi  Machine  Works. 

Fort  Dodge:, Iowa, 

V915,  $ 

Referring  to  the  sample 
to  say  that  the  amount  \ 
)  he  insufficient  for  ovu 


3f  Ji'iim  solution  which  yc 
is  not  very  large  and  we 
requirements  i5"}naking  t 

Wish  to  say,  however,  that  we  believe  from  experiments  that 
we  have  already  made  that  thdre  is  no  question  hut  we  will  he 
able  to  make  a  film  from  your  solution  which  will  not  carry  fire 
when  a  lighted  match  is  applied  to  it.  We  are  unable  to  say  as 
to  how  the  other  qualities  will  be  effected  ‘  that  ieufsom  a 
photographic  standpoint.  0(1^  ^ 

We  would  like  to  carry  these  darpbriments  further  and  if  you 
can  advise  us  where  we  can  get  some  of  this  solution  or  if  you 
will  send  us,  say  a  quart,  we  feel  that  we  will  be  able  to  accomplish 
the  end  desired  and  then  will  take  up  the  matter  with  you  further, 
as  to  its  other  qualities,  aj/.  Y  S' 

We  have  taken  some  nitro -cellulose  or  gun  cotton  and  reduced 
it  to  a  solution  and  made  it  so  that  it -would  not  carry  frames  when 
dry,  after  having  been  placed  on  a  glass  in  a  film  form<^ 

May  we  hear  from  you  furthBr?  Thanking  you,  we  remain, 


FUG  lc  1915 


18th  February  1916 

Hr.  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 

Edison  Studio. 

Dear  Hr.  Plimpton: 

Beadell  of  Chicago  reportB'  as  follows  on  releases 
for  the  weeK  of  February  15th: 

"In  the  Plumber’s  Grip"— good.  Passed  by  censor. 
"Manufacture  of  Paper  Honey"— good;Passed  by  censor. 

"A  Spiritual  Elopement " — good.  Passed  by  censor 

"Their  Happy  Little  Home"— fairly  good.  Passed  by  oensor. 

"Her  Husband's  Son" — good.  Censor  eliminated  1  foot 
showing  the  shooting:  also  16  feet  showing  the  blood  running 
down  boy's  face. 

"The  Voice  of  Conscience" — good.  Censor  eliminated  30  ft. 
showing  the  operating  table:  also  6  ft.  showing  the  woman 
hissing  her  husband's  cousin. 

Tours  very  truly, 


Motion  Picture  Department, 


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February  16 t  1915. 

Mr.  Berggren:- 

I  you  herewith  deferred  oahle  which  reached  ub 

January  14th.  from  Buenos  Airea.  This  cable  was  forwarded  by  Mr. 
H.  A.  Linton,  President,  of  the  Linton  South  American  Company,  and 
requests  the  termination  of  their  Argentine  agreement.  the  cable 

reads  as  follows 


Y/ill  you  please  attach  this  cable  to  the  Kinetophone 

Agreement  which  we  entered  into  with  the  Unton  South  American  Company? 

Agreement  wmcn  we  euuw-ou  ^ 


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Edison  Phonographs  and  Records .  Edison  Primary  Batteries 
EdisonKinetoscopes  andMotion  Picture  Films 
EdisonHome  Kinetoscopes  and  Motion  Picture  Films 
Edison  Dictating  Machines.  Edison  Kinetophones 
Edison  A.C.Rectifiers  and  Edison  House  lighting  Controllers 
Address  your  Reply  to 

Edison  Studio,  2826  Decatur  Avenue 

Bedford  Park,  New  York  February  £4 

myself- when  he  called  at  the  Studio,  but  it 
soems  that  he  came  with  a  young  man  who  is 
in  the  developing  room.  He  probably  misunder- 
.  stood  part  of  •  the, takes  that  we  make  he- 
oduse  we  make  two  negatives  of  all  regular 
pictures  and  this  accounted  for  one  of  the 
exposures  that  he  saw.  As  to  tho  tests,  we 
should  not  feel  satisfied-  in  striking  any 
set  or  dismissing  the  people  without  making 
at  loast  one  test  and  in  some  cases  we  mate 
several.  There  may  be  some  special  effect 
that  is  required  which  would  not  be  safe  to 
'■  go  ahead  without  knowing  what,  was  to.  be  got¬ 
ten  oh  tho  film,  but  usually  tests  are  made 
more  for  mechanical  defects',  such  as  scratches, 

February  24,  1915. 


-  H  ' 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  T^di^on - 

accurate  focus 'and  matters  of  that  sort  than 
for  the  exposure  itself.  I  doubt  very  much 
whether  any  system  could  be  devised  to  do  a- 
way  with  this  or  putting  it  another  way  a- 
round,  if  we  had  any  kind  of  a  photometric 
device,  I  still  believe  we  would  fool  it  was 
necessary  to  make  tests. 

-Yours  very  truly, 
Motion  Picture  Dept. 

l.tgr  .Negative  Production. 

A  February  24th,  1915. 

Messrs.  Edison,  Wilson,  McChesjfey  end  Plimpton: 

I  quote  as  follows  from  a  communication  received  from 
Mr.  Thomas  J.  Kennedy,  laager  of  our  Argentine  Office,  dated 
January  27th,  1915*  * 

"We  beg  to  Inform  you  that  the  exhibitors  here  at 
present  are  in  a  deplorable  state  through  lade  of  business. 

Ho  less  than  forty-five  picture  theatres  have  closed  down 
within  the  last  month  or  so.  Business  in  general  continues 
in  a  wretched  state  through  lack  of  money,  but  it  is  hoped 
that  the  returns  from  the  orops  will  soon  produce  a  change 
for  the  better." 

In  a  report  Just  received  from  Mr.  Kennedy  for  Pec ember, 
he  advises  as  having  received  ,1,536.25,  Argentine  Currency,  or 
8662.19  TJ.  S.  Currenoy,  for  the  rentals  of  films  ,  but  no  sales 
were  reported.  This  is  the  largest  amount  reoeived  for  rentals 
in  the  last  four  or  five  months. 

For  some  time  we  have  been  curtailing  shipnenta  of 
films  to  Argentine .  We  only  occasionally  send  a  strong  two  or 
three  reel  subject. 

5627  Willis  Ave. 
Route  10, 

Dallas,  Texas. 

Your  letter  of  the  5th  inst.,  has  gone  so  long  unanswered,  duo 
to  my  "anxiousness"  to  frame  up  a  scheme  of  combination  thorough¬ 
ly  before  taking  it  back  to  you  that  you  might  see  just  what 
could  be  done  as  soon  as  you  have  perfected  your  wonderful  inven¬ 
tion  with  the  Speaking  Motion  Picture. 

I  am  negotiating  with  the  Rational  Civic  Federation  of  the  Dis¬ 
trict  of  Columbia  to  produce  under  their  auspices,  a  carnival 
in  Greek  Classics,  and  I  was  so  in  hopes  that  at  this  period 
you  would  be  able  to  have  your  manager  of  the  Motion  Picture 
make  tho  films  ,  and  we  using  your  disc  for  the  r  ehearsals  and 
performance . 

X  hope  to  have  at  least  10,000  young  people  in  this  Carnival, 
and  it  will  make  a  most  wonderful  picture  for  some  Company. 

Aside  from  this,  it  would  show  the  work  and  interest  of  the 
Woman's  Department  of  the  Rational  Civic  Federation. 

X  am  at  present  producing  the  du  Rizski  work  here  in  Dallas 
under  the  Free  Kindgerten  Association  and  am  using  my  beloved 
disc  for  the  music  end. 

If  you  can  think  this  over,  or  give  it  any  consideration,  and 
perhaos  offer  suggestions  as  to  what  can  be  done  in  the  near 
future,  as  a  combination  of  your  work  and  mine,  I  will  appre¬ 
ciate  it  vory  keenly. 

At  any  rate  I  want  to  thank  you  heartily  for  your  prompt  re¬ 
ply  to  my  previous  letter.  I  feel  keenly  flattered  to  think 
that  you  have  in  your  wonderful  and  busy  hours  of  thought 
realized  what  the  combination  of  the  tv/o  arts  can  be  by  answer¬ 
ing  so  promptly. 

h  |  I  have  just  noticed  in  the  American  Magazine  your  picture 
I  I  rescued  from  the  fire-  "Hever  Touched  me,  "  and  I  am  cutting 
I  \  it  out  to  frame  and  put  with  a  collection  I  am  arranging  of 
\  \wonderful  personages. 

Thanking  you  again  and  again  for  your  letter  of  February  5th, 

liaroh  5th  1915.- 

X  quote  as  follows  from  an  article  appearing 
in  "DIE  ZEI'f",  published  in  Vienna,  February  3rd  j 

3310  KIEEgQT‘ffnwfiEFiEr,T.EflTrAf.',I  TOPER  JiromiAT,  COKgROL. 

As  mentioned  in  the  y/IEKEH  2EI‘IU17G  of  yestorday’s 
date,  the  firm  "ESSIE  KD1IMHEH2ALE  EDIS0II-KIKEI0PII01T- 
DirrERlTEHUOliG  ALi’SCHUL  &  GOLD,  at  their  request,  have  been 
plaoed  under  judicial  control  (in  the  hands  of  the  receiver). 
Ihc  firm  in  question  was  the  fir3t  to  introduce  the  Edison 
Kinetophone  in  Europe  in  the  year  1912.  33ie  demonstration 
of  same  caused  a  great  sensation,  but  later  on  the  interest 
for  the  Kinetophone  has  abated. 


/American  Car  and  Foundry  Company. 

l&CKkKXME  Montgomery,  Ala.,  Mar.*,  1915. 

iU,  ut€  li— 

Enclosed  please  find  a  full  description  of  Color  Photography, 
i  invented  and  perfected  by  William  Ereese  Green,  of  London,  England, 

but  never  exploited  by  him  either  in ^glasd , jr^Vne 
1  have  been  able  to  learn.  (/*£*&  Tt  ( 

Mr.  Green,  as  you  will  ae^fflMShia  fortune-'.as-a  Photograp 

■or tuna.  a  Photographe: 

therefore,  hie  statements  and  thoroughness  along  these  lines  must  be 
given  credence,  and  because  he  was  wealthy,  failed to-exploit  his 

inventions.  ^  not  axpeot  a  great  fortune  for  bWB^lng  this  to  your 
notice,  and  if  you  adopt  and  use  the  idea  conveyed,  will  leave  it  to 
you  to  recompense  me  accordingly,  but  if  you  db-Wt  use  it,  please 
return  it,  and  I  will  try  elsewhere.  Keep  this,  information  entirely^ 

to  yourself.^  wae  lt  would  ba  valuable  to  you  in  the  educational 

work,  I  understand  you  are  preparing,  as  things  could  be  shown  in 
their  natural  colors. 

Hoping  with  the  out  and  description  you  oan,‘  and  will  deoide 
to  give  the  World  another  wonderful  and  beautiful  thing  now  unused, 

I  am,  with  greatest  respect  and  confidence, 

Mr.  Edison: 

Some  two  or  throe  weeks  ago  you  requested  (see  your 
memo,  attached)  additional  information  concerning  the  Home 
Kinetoscope  situation.  Some  delay  has  ensued  in  obtaining  this 
information  because  of  the  incompleteness  of  our  records  due  to 
the  fire.  Hereto  first  attached  you  will  find  a  report  from 
Mr.  HcChesney  answering  your  questions  as  completely  as  possible. 
1  also  attach  all  other  previous  papers  and  memos,  on  the  subject 
so  that  in  case  you  want  to  review  them  all  before  arriving  at  a 
decision  you  may  do  so. 

CHW/IW  C-  H*  W- 

Dear  Sir:  ■■ 

Enclosed  herewith  you  will  find  duplicate  oopHee 
of  letters  .sent  to  Mr.  J.  H.  Powrle  in  regard  to  the 
Duntley  Air-Purifier  which  was  sent  to  you  hy  our  Shotory, 
the  Duntley  Products  Co.  of  Erie,  Pa.  on  June  2nd,  1914. 

Mr.  Powrie  desired  ue  to  send  one  of  these  Machines 
for  trial  in  the  Moving  Picture  Ma  Department . 

It  1b  almost  a  year  since  we  sent  this  Purifier  to 
your  Laboratory,  hut  as  yet  have  not  had  a  report  from  you 
regarding  the  test,.,  or  whether  you  wished  us  to  send  you  a 
hill  for  the  Machine. 

Kindly  let  us  hear  from  you  hy  return  mail, 

Yours  very  truly, 


Vacuum  Cleaner  Maintenance  Co. 



N.  Y.  May  27th,  19X4. 

Ur.  7.  H.  Powrie, 

o/o  Thos.  A.  Edison  Laboratories, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Sear  Sir: 

We  are  just  in  reoeipt  of  a  letter  from  the 
Taotory,,- at  Brie,  Pa.,  advising  us  that  they  are  send-  • 
ing  you  an  Air-Purifier  on  trial,  same  is  being  shipped 
in  exaot  acoordanoe  with  your  wishes. 

Yours  very  truly, 

,  Universal 

Vacuum  Cleaner  Maintenance  Co. 

■  Per _ _ _ _  ' 



N.  Y.  Mot.  16th, 1914. 

Mr.  I.  H.  Powrie, 

c/o  Thos.  A.  Edison  Laboratories , 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Sear  Sir: 

Me  have  .'phoned  you  sereral  times  In  regard  to  the 
Air-Purifier  which  you  hare  had  on  trial,  hut  have  never  / 
been  able  to  talk  to  you. 

I  wish  you  would  kindly  let  me  know  what  disposition 
you  intend  making  of  this  Machined  If  the  test  has  proven 
satisfactory,  we" would  like  your  permission  to  hill  same  to 

I  would  appreolatetTery=mpoh.ynur  immediate  at¬ 
tention,  as  our  factory  have  written  us  several  times  asking 
for  a  report,  and  up  to  the  present  time,  we  have  been  unable 
to  give  it  to  them. 

Awaiting  your  reply  with  interest,  we  are, 

Very  truly  yours,, 


Vacuum  Cleaner  Maintenance  Co.  / 

. N.  Per _ _ _ _ — : - * 



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Dear  Mr. Edison:.  ^  fi ^ 

In  my  research  work,  I  have  become  acquainted  with 
an  amplifier  for  weak  electrical 
connected  in  a  telephone  circuit, 

making  of  phonographic  records  of  distant  sounds.  ^ 

You  have,  perhaps,  become  aware  of  this  device;  if 
so,  you  will  please  pardon  my  mentioning  it.  It  seems  / 
well  worth  consideration.  ( 

The  range  of  its  amplification  is  unlimited - two  \_ 

three-step  instruments  placed  in  cascade  would  give  a 
magnification  of  360,000;  a  third  instrument  added  would 

make  the  magnification  20,000,000; - and  there  is  no  lower 

limit  Of  sensitiveness:-  it  is  constructed  on  the  princi¬ 
ple-  of  cathodic  dispersion.  It  amplifies  with  perfect 
fidelity  and  without  lag  or  distortion. 

When  used  in  connection  with  talking  pictures,  all 
the  sounds  which  a  person  would  ordinarily  hear  in  an 
out-of-door  performance  covering  a  wide  area  would  be 
faithfully  recorded  upon  the  wax  cylinder  of  the  phonograph, 
and,  in  the  reproduction  of  the  record,  the  amplifier  could 
again  be  used  in  bringing  up  the  intensity  of  the  sounds 
so  as  to  produce,  with  the  moving  pictures,  the  most  pleas- 


Since  this  idea  has  occurred  to  me,  I  have  pu  a 
little  thought  upon  it  and  it  seems  that  synchronism 
between  the  moving  picture  camera  and  the  wax  cylmd 
of  the  phonograph  can  be  easily  obtained, ^  as  wail  - 

feet  synchronism  in  the  reproduction— the  record 
attached  to  the  moving  picture  a 

passing  to  the  stage  where  the 
behind  the  screen.  ,  .  k  if 

I  would  be  pleased  to  assist  you  with  tm» 
it  should  seem  promising  to  you 

I  have  pleasant  memories  of  my  work  with  y  ^ 
summers  ago  when  we  devised  the  -personal 
apoaratus.  I  would  be  glad  to  have  you  me .tie -J  » 
to  Mr.  Meadowcroft.  Sly  association  with  him 

Very  truly  yours, 

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Pierce  Hali, 

Harvard  University. 

Cambridge,  Mass. 

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Mr.  H.  W.Meadowcrof  t, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

West  Orange,  N.J., 

Dear  Mr.  Meadowcrof t:- 

Ona  week  ago,  I  sent  to  Mr. Edison  a  brief  description 
of  a  method  of  making  talking  moving  pictures,  and,  having 
received  no  reply,  it  occurred  to  me  that  Mr. Edison  might 
be  away  on  his  vacation  at  this  time  of  year.  I,  there¬ 
fore,  write  to  you  and,  in  case  my  former  letter  is  lost, 
will  state  briefly  its  contents. 

Thera  has  recently  been  placed  upon  the  market  an  am¬ 
plifier  for  weak  electric  impulses.  A  three-step  ampli¬ 
fier  will  magnify  electric  impulses  600  times;  two  of  these 
instruments  in  cascade  will  magnify  360  000  times,  and  three 
instruments  will  give  a  magnification  of  30  000  000.  Thus, 
when  connected  in  circuit  with  a  telephone  receiver,  its 
power  of  amplification  is  unlimited. 

When  used  for  making  out-of-door  records  for  talking 
pictures,  the  sounds  and  voices  foom  points  covering  acres 
will  all  be  perceived  by  this  most  sensitive  phonographic 
ear,  without  distortion.  8y  connecting  the  mechanisms  of 
tbs  moving  picture  machine  and  phonograph,  perfect  syn¬ 
chronism  may  be  obtSinsd,  both  in  the  taking  of  the  pictures 
and  record,  and  in  the  reproduction  of  them,  and  the  ampli¬ 
fier  would  be  used  in  both  operations. 


You  may  have  been  working  with  this  amplifier  already 
if  so,  please  pardon  my  mentioning  it.  It  is  well  wortn 
investigation.  If  you  have  not  been  introduced  o  as 
yet,  I  would  be  glad  to  assist  you  in  any  way  possible 
applying  it  as  indicated  above.  There  are,  of  course 
innumerable  minor  problems  to  be  worked  out  in  its  appli¬ 

cation.  ,  . 

I  remember  very  pleasantly  my  associatioi 
when  I  was  working  on  the  "personal  equation" 
with  Mr.  Edison  two  summers  ago. 

Trusting  to  hear  from  you,  I  am 

Very  truly  yours. 

1  with  you 

Pierce  Hall, 

Harvard  University, 
Cambridge,  Mass. 

Fort  Dodse.Iowa, 

April  5th,  1915 

Pefarrin11'  to  your  letter  of  March  3d  for  wnich  ..e 
thank  vou  wish  to  say  that  we  believe  we  have  succeeded 
in  making a  film  which  will  do  what  we  claim  for  it  and 
which  will  take  photographs  in  the  regular  manner. 

The  President  of  this  Company  and  the  writer  expect 
to  have  the  pleasure  of  calling  on  yon  curing  tne  latter 
part  of  May  or  the  1st  of  June  if  we  may  he  granted  an 

aUdiSn°e*  ^ 

re  are  taking  the  liberty  of  sending  to  youCnn&eil  /  ™ 

made  by  the  Government  on  one  of  our  interior  pm 

May  f  j  1916. 

KoBara.  L.  W.  MaObeaney,  Plimpton,  Stevens,  (Sail,  Farrell, 
1.  c.  MoChooney,  Jamicon,  Maxwell* 

It  has  -boon  dooidcd  that  better  results  oan  be  accom¬ 
plished  by  reducing  the  present  Film  Coranittee  to  three  people, 
oonsisting  of  Masers.  Obaa.  Edison,  H.  G.  Plimpton  and  1.  W. 
MoOheroey.  You  will  therefore  please  note  that  after  the  meet¬ 
ing  to  bo  held  on  Monday  evening,  May  3rd,  the  presence  of  the 
other  members  of  the  Committee  as  it  exists  at  present  will  not 
be  neoeaBary.  It  will  perhaps  be  neoossary  for  Mr.  Stevens,  of 
the  Foreign  Department,  and  Mr.  B.  0.  HoChoaney.  of  the  Advertis¬ 
ing  Department,  ana  one  or  two  others  to  boo  the  pictures,  in  order 
to  properly  handle  their  end  of  the  bualneas  relating  to  same;  there¬ 
fore  the  time  at  which  they  oau  uee  them  will  be  arranged  for  a 

little  later,  and  they  will  be  duly  advioed. 

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^bftily  oel^fUion  at  my  home  town,  Maplewood,  N.J.  ^  ^  ^  ^ 
This  ag^/ou  know  is  just  above  South  Orange  and  quite  [-£  *\  ^ 

^  / 

Johnny  told  me  the  best  price  „ 


Anient  to/Orange. 

theA-'could  mkewiiiye  $100  for  about  300  pioiwres  f 
fa  be  taken  in  /^morning  before  12:00  o'clock  and  be 
ready  for  deMvery  in  the  evening  to  throw  on  the  screen. 
ThiB  is  more  than  we  can  afford  to  pay.  I  was  wondering 
whether  with  your  personal  acquaintance  with  Mr.  Edison, 
if  a  $25  bill  would  tempt  him  to  take  some  pictures  of 
our  parade  and  circus  performance.  Of  course  I  appreciate 
there  would  be  no  money  in  this  for  the  Edison  Company  and 
whatever  they  migjit  do  would  be  a  courtesy  to  you  or  the 

We  have  a  big  day  in  Maplewood  on  next  Monday, 
and  I  thought  it  would  be  quite  a  stunt  to  have  these 
pictures  taken  and  then  shown  at  night.  We  have  already 
contracted  for  a  picture  machine  and  the  films  for  same, 
but  it  certainly  would  be  a  big  surprise  and  treat  for 
our  people  If. we  could  let  them  see  how  they  look  in  the 

If  you  think  well  of  this  and  can  consistently 
broach  the  subject  to  Mr.  Edison,  why  all  right.  If  not 
just  forget  it. 



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East  Orange,  Hew  Jersey | 

Dear  l*r«  Edison: 

recen^coihrer3ati(|n”v/ith  hr. 

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Hiller  of  New  York,  he  called  attention  to  theS^rtbrest 
you  have  been  taking  in  the  use  of  moving  pictures  in 


I  have  been  endeavoring  to  build  up  an  appre¬ 
ciation  of  the  importance  of  fca^tririEa*#  a  reference 
library  for  instruction  composed  of  well  selected  films 
and  made  available  for  use  as  needed  in  giving  system¬ 
atic  instruction  in  engineering  and  related  subjects. 

X  understand  that  you  have  given  consiuerable 
thought  to  this  matter  and  that  already  you  may  have 
taken  some  steps  in  this  connection.  If  so,  I  trust 
you  will  favor  me  with  some  advice  or  suggestions  as 
to  how  best  to  handle  and  enlarge  a  selection  of  this 
kind,  making  it  available  for  all  engineering  schools 
and  others  interested. 

Cordially  yours, 

July  20  th .  1915 

Mr.  1--.  3.  ivagriar, 

Tho  Bijou, 

Lamar ,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  15th  instant , 
addressed  to  Mr.  I’dison.  has  heen  received. 
In  reply  ho  requests  us  to  ask  you  to  send 
a  copy  of  your  patent,  which  ’.7a  will  have 
our  film  Department  look  into  and  see  if  it 
is  suitable  for  our  use. 

Kindly  sand  copy  of  tho  patent  to 
Ur.  H.  i\  Miller,  "dison  Laboratory,  Orange, 
n.  J. 

Yours  vory  truly. 

Edison  Laboratory. 





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Chicago,  July  31,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
President , 

Edison- Company, 

West  Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

A  member  of  the  Chicago  City  Council  has  request¬ 
ed  that  we  gather  information  and  other  data  for  his  use  on 
the  subject  of  non-inflammable  films  or  films  of  slow- burning 
construction  in  moving  picture  theatres,  as  factors  in  pre¬ 
venting  fires  and  catastrophies  in  these  public  places  of 

We  shall  be  pleased  to  have  you  send  us  any  inform¬ 
ation  you  may  have  showing  the  ordinances  which  have^  been 
adopted  or  proposed  in  various  cities,  or  the  laws  which  may 
have  been  passed  by  states  providing  for  the  use  in  moving 
picture  theatres  of  non-inflammable  films  or  films  of  slow- 
burning  construction.  ' 

If  you  have  any  printed  matter  on  the  foregoing 
subject  which  you  can  send  us  we  shall  be  pleased  to  have 
you  forward  the  same. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Municipal  Reference  Librarian 

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as  Historical  Source 


In  the  collecting  of  historical  materials  one  finds  himself 
too  often  inclined  to  lean  upon  proof  rather  than  to  rely 
upon  prophesy.-  The  historical  value  of  an  ancient  object 
or  of  a  manuscript  is  easy  to  judge  with  the  light  of  years 
upon  it  hut  by  the  same  light  one  observes  the  absence  of 
other  equally  important  things.  Our  best  museums  overlook 
matters  of  present  moment  which  will  be  indispensable  in 
future,  yet  in  future  impossible  to  procure.  All  materials 
wisely  eollceted  establish  or  illustrate  historical  matters.  It 
takes  little  imagination  or  courage  to  select  for  such  pur¬ 
ls  peso  materials  to  illustrate  principles  or  processes  now  ob- 
-  solete  but  known  to  have  been  important.  But  to  attempt 
to  select  such  literature  or  object  material  of  today  ns  will 
suitably  and  sufficiently  reveal  in  the  remote  future  all  the 
probable  wants  for  understanding  our  own  time  is  much 
more  difficult  but  none  the  less  the  collector’s  obligation.  To 
choose  well,  to  acquire  no  waste  material  and  ignore  no  csscn- 
liul,  calls  for  n  species  of  talent  akin  to  that  which  in  writing 
guides  the  author  to  the  selection  and  treatment  of  themes 
at  once  vitnl  and  popular. 

When  Lew  Wallace  wrote  of  Beu  Hur’s  life  at  the  onr  ns 
a  galley  slave,  he  is  said  to  have  reluctantly  omitted  a  de¬ 
scription  of  the  mechanical  device  wo  now  cnll  an  onrlock 
for  he  could  neither  imagine  nor  ascertain  how  the  son  was 
kept  from  the  hold  when  the  waves  lashed  the  gunwales. 
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examined  in  the  patent  office,  but  what  is  not  shown  there 
nnd  is  to  be  found  nowhere  else  unless  in  collections  of  objects 
and  associate  1  te  1  tic  off  t  i  ol  el  1)  go 
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hull  brought  upon  Iowa  soil.  lie  was  imported  by  Timothy. 

Day  from  the  herd  of  Brutus  J.  Clay,  of  Lexington,  Kentucky, 
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motion  Gov.  George  IV.  Clarke  conferring  in  1013  the 
first  medals  upon  the  successful  competitors  among  Iowa  prize 

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of  historical  value  peculiar  to  present  day  motion  picture  neg- 

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Bear  Sir; 

Mr.  Edison  has  suggested  that  I  write  you  with  further 
reference  to  your  letter  of  21st  August  to  him. 

If  I  correotly  understand  your  plan,  you  are  probably 
more  interested  in  motion  pictures  of  ^0°^es 

omrthlnjr  else.  We  seen  not  to  hare  made  a  great  many  pictures 
of^this^sort^  beeause°the  field  is  covered  ^ther  thorougUy 
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descriptions  of  them. 

yours  faithfully. 

Manager  Motion  Picture  Division. 


to.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

o/o  Thomas  A.  Edison  Inc . , 

Orange,  New  Jersey,  U.S.A. 

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Pittsburg  Pa  Sept  22  1915 

Private  Saot'y 

Thomas  A  Edison  Orange  N.J, 

I  will  be  at  Hotel  Cumberland  newyork  at  ten  oclock 
Thursday  morning  If  you  can  telephone  or  wire  answer  to 
my  recent  letter  would  be  greatful 

Archer  B  Hulbert. 

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My  dear  5ir  Edison: 

I  have  heard  that  you  have  taken  an 
interest  at  some  time  in  the  development  of  the  moving  film 
for  educational  purposes.  X  have  been  at  work  for  some  little 
time  on  a  scheme  to  illustrate  the  hirth  of  our  Continent,  the 
stages  of  its  development  and  the  era  of  discovery  coloniza¬ 
tion  and  expansion  hy  means  of  a  moving  film. 

I  have  made  a  series  of  little  charts  illustrating  the  pro- 
gres  above  mentioned.  It  seems  to  me  a  popular  realization  of 
the  sequence  of  events  and  many  such  historical  tangles  such 
as  disputes  over  boundary  lines  will  never  be  achieved  until 
they  can  be  displayed  on  a  film. 

Would  it  be  possible  for  me  to  see  you  or  one  of  your  as¬ 
sistants  and  show  you  the  charts  I  have  made  and  exx>l&in  the 
idea  X  have  been  working  on?  I  have  reached  a  point  where  I 
need  expert  advice  and  Mr  Finley  suggested  that  I  mention  the 
matter  to  you. 

Faithfully  Yours, 

Professor  of  American  History ,  Marietta  Col. 
Archivist  to  the  Harvard  Commission  on  Western  His¬ 

The  Vitagraph  Co. of  America 


October  lsti}  19: 

Thos.  A.  .liaison.  Esq..,  1 

Ihos.  A.  liaison  C0.,  Inc. 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  aear  Mr.  Edison, 

She  last  time  I  wrote  you  it  was  at  out  the 
Navy  Boarl.  This  tine  it  is  about  the  Motion  Picture 

Very  recently  there  has  been  formed  an  organiza¬ 
tion  that  was  saaiy  needed  in  our  inaustry;  namely,  a 
Motion  Picture  Boar!  of  Traae.  The  Executive  Secretary 
Mr.  J.  W.  Binder,  is  a  man  in  whom  I  have  absolute  confidence 
and  who,  I  believe,  is  to  he  thoroughly  trusted. 

I  have  been  honored  with  the  Presidency  of  this 
Board  and  I  am  naturally  anxious  that  all  my  associates 
of  so  many  years  standing  should  be  included  in  its  membership 

I  believe  the  Edison  Company  was  asked  to  become 
a  charter  member,  but  perhaps  the  matter  was  neglected  or 
nor  presented  in  the  proper  light,  I  am  siting  to  you 
personally  to  ask  if  you  will  honor  the  Board  by  beooming  a 
member  of  it,  and  by  yourself  I  mean  also,  of  course,  the 
Thos.  A.  Edison  Co.,  Inc. 

Much  good  can  be  accomplished,  adverse  legislation 
prevented,  and  unjust  oensorship  defeated.  No  single  con¬ 
cern  can  accomplish  this,  and  it  can  be  done  only  through 
a  non-partisan,  non-politidal  body  such  as  the  above 
mentioned  Board  of  Trade,  which  is  controlled  by  no  company 
or  clique,  and  which  works  for  the  good  of  all.  I  believe 
this  organization  will  prove  of  vital  interest  and  immense 
value  to  every  one  interested  in  motion  picture  industry, 
and  I  therefore  sincerely  trust  that  the  name  of  adiBon  may 
be  associated  among  the  very  early  members  Ox  same. 

With  best  wishes,  believe  me 



Mew  York,  Oct.  6,  1915. 

Ur.  C.  H.  Wilson, 

C/o  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Uy  dear  Ur.  Wilson: 

Reporting.  progress  upon  "Vanity  Pair"  and  the 
feature  business  generally: 

I  enclose  herewith  a  memorandum  showing  specific  datings 
of  "Vanity  Pair"  as  well  as  the  dates  that  it  will  play  under  annual 

26  will  give  us  a  sort  of  average  for  each  film. 

We  consider  the  dates  made  by  titles  more  dependabie  than 
the  annuals,  because  there  is  greater  danger  of  cancellation  with 

Although  cancellations  of  annual  ?r®  ' fexnecttt0neW 

'  business  is  ^antly1Ved^e8t?tal6of  our  annual  contracts  made 

increase  our  totals  constantly.  *30  926. 00.  I  expect 

2«rS”ld4%out  $26,000.00  weeJrly  t. 


included  in  contracts  covering  specific  titles  and  dates 

is  such  important  business  as  the  loew  Circuit  Poll  ^  Bhor  in 
people  book  after  having  seen' “^“e  Loew  gave  us  little  enoour- 
any  preliminary  summary.  1 instance^  ^  it|  advertieed  length, 
agement  on  "Vanity  lair  ,  reel  version,  which  pleased  them, 

aerie,  of  MW  *»■ 


the  Pacific  report. alCfi 

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a  seven  reel  film. 

Oh  the  whole,  it  1.  tS/fUm’hS^Sh 

upon  '"faulty  r*ir> '  “"Sf a„»t  KtlS  LS  after  the  trado 
viewed  by  exhibitors  in  d^®^gend  you  in  the  course  of  another  ;.eek 
reviews  have  appeared.  i  ae  J 

or  ten  days  another  summary. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Deoatur,  Texas,  October  7th,  1915. 

Dear  Sir.-^  ^  S0ndlng  you  under  separate  cover  Registered,  Special 
Delivery,  a  rough  model  of  a  sprocket  idea  that  I  have  W0^e^.°u*,rtI 
believe  that  you  can  readily  see  the  advantages  it  has  over  the  old 
style  sprocket.  The  sprooket  is  separate  from  the  drum  and  is  made  in 
two  half  seotions,  which  are  slipped  over  two  little  pins  on  the  drum. 

I  send  you  two  ideas  on  this  Bame  model  forattachingtheoollar 
to  hold  the  sprocket  to  the  drum.  You  will  note  that  at  one end _the 
oollar  is  screwed,  on  while  at  the  other  end  the  collar  is  put 
two  little  screws. 

This  sprooket  can  be  put  on  by  the  operator  in  four  to  five  min¬ 
utes  without  removing  the  drum  from  the  machine  shaft.  This  is  an  ad 

vantage  in  that  the  moving  picture  theatres  in  the  smaller  towns  are 
ha?llf  getting  by  any  way!  as  I  know  from  s eve raly ears  experience. 
And,  too,  the  operator  neglects  to  put  new  sprockets  on  ™en  he 
should,  oausing  the  films,  in  many  instances,  to  be  cut  by  *he  sharp 
ness  of  the  old  sprocket.  Neoessanilly  the  next  theatre  to  receive  the 
film  gets  it  in  in  a  damaged  condition,  sooner  or  later  foroing  an 
otherwise  good  film  off  of  the  circuit. 

Mr. Edison  I  send  you  this  idea  wholy  unprotected. 
the  same  I  will  be  satisfied  on  any  small  royalty  that  you  think  fair 
and  right.  I  leave  the  matter  with  you  feeling  that  I  am  right  in  so 

I  reserve  the  right  to  use  this  sprooket  idea  on  a  machine  that  I 
am  working  on  that  will  make  an  absolutely  flickerless  pioture,  that 
will  moveSthe  film  on  one  eighth  to  one  tenth.  Starting  movement  of 
film  slow  and  picking  up,  whioh  will  make  no  moreetrainonthefilm 
than  the  present  maohine  that  moves  them. on  one  fourth  and  one  sixtn. 

I  would  be  glad,  indeed,  to  hear  from  you  on  this  matter  at  your 
convenience.  Respectfully, 

E.W. Blythe. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.,  — -fT 

Orange,  H.  J.  ^^^CXU, 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:  _£-^-"7  '  *’**  ^  T 

In  the  extensive  exhibition  field  of  motion 
pictures,  there  is  a  general  desire  on  the  part  of  P™?u?er®  >  *«£; 
hihi tors,  and  the  public  for  music  of  better  grade  that  is  adapts 
able  and  appropriate  to  the  particular  subjects,  scenes  and  senlfi- 
ments  of  film  productions,  especially  relating  to  feature  and  ( 
master  films. 

Ab  you  no  doubt  know,  certain  producers  and 
exhibitors  have  experimented  in  this  matter,  having  had  music 
specially  written  or  adapted  as  an  accompaniment  to  oertain  films. 

Ut>  to  the  present,  however,  this  has  not  proved  practical  for  gen¬ 
eral  use,by  reason  of  uncertain  and  unsatisfactory  synchronization— 
the  operator  either  causing  the  film  to  be  rotated  at  varying'*' 
different  speeds,  or  the  orchestra  leader,  organist  or  pianist  play¬ 
ing  the  music  at  tempos  differing  from  those  designed  in  the  ori¬ 
ginal  construction  of  the  musical  setting. 

Almost  all  of  the  large  producers  of  films 
realize  the  value  of  special  and  appropriate  musical  accompaniment 
to  films,  as  it  greatly  enhances  the  interest  of  same  with  the 
public,  who  are  rapidly  becoming  more  discriminating.  These  pro¬ 
ducers  would  make  a  regular  practise  of  furnishing  special  or 
adapted  music  to  their  exhibitors  with  each  film,  if  same  could  be 
operated  in  a  really  satisfactory  and  practical  way. 

Knowing  that  you  are  considerably  interested 
in  such  matters,  I  take  pleasure  in  stating  that  I  have  evolved  a 
practical  basic  idea  which  would,  almost  automatically,  produce 
absolute  and  perfect  synchronization  between  the  music  and  film. 

I  have  no  means  of  developing  same,  but  if 
vou  are  interested,  would  be  pleased  to  collaborate  with  you  in 
this  important  matter.  The  field  of  demand  and  usefulness  for  the 
device  whioh  I  have  in  mind  is  very  broad,  and  when  its  praotioal 
use  and  value  is  demonstrated  to  the  film  manufacturers,  there  is 
no  question  in  my  mind  but  that  it  would  command  hearty  co-opera¬ 
tion  on  their  part,  and  become  of  universal  use  in  all  places 
where  motion  pictures  are  shown. 



OCt.  8,1915. 

I  am  a  practical  musician  of  over  twenty-five 
;hat  prove  practical  and  of  value. 

iderati on, 

Trusting  you  will  give  this  matter  early  con- 
and  awaiting  your  valued  reply,  I  heg  to  remain 



letter  to  these  papers  and  return  to  me. 



Ujtetoncal  Uteparttueut  of  3lmoa^ 



B«J  fifatwa  Oot .  15  ,  IS  15  . 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

As  suggested  in  your  letter  of  August  3QtTiK  your  £  ■  V*. 
associates  have  sent  to  me  a  pamphlet  showing  trie1 output  of  your 
manufactory  of  motion  picture  films  which  I  have  under  consideration 
with  a  view  to  select  certain  films  for  deposit  in  this  institution 
as  a  source  of  historical  materials.  I  shall  pursue  the  idea  as 
promptly  and  as  practically  as  I  can,  hut  in  the  meantime  may  I  ask 
you  whether  you  have  any  object  or  device  suitable  to  be  placed  in 
a  museum  with  your  name  attached,  and  which  the  public  can  thereby 
know  they  are  observing  the  product  of  your  own  hand  and  brain. 

It  is  my  purpose  to  have  upon  display  such  illustrated 
materials  as  will  acquaint  the  popular  visitor  as  well  as  the 
technician  of  your  interest  as  indicated  in  your  favor  of  the  30th  of 
August,  and  any  device  you  could  spare,  even  if  it:were  no  more  than 
a  mere  screw  driver  would  accomplish  my  purpose. 

Sincerely  yours,  - 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange , 

t 1Z ,  tfcvU 

October  30th.  1915. 

Mr.  Ott: 

Do  you  know  of  anything  around  the  place 
that  would  be  satisfactory  to  give  this  gentleman 
to  put  in  a  museum.  He  wants  something  which  re¬ 
lates  to  the  invention  of  the  motion  picture  camera. 
If  we  have  something  of  this  kind  that  would  not 
be  necessary  to  keep  for  evidence,  I  should  be  glad 
to  know  6f  it.  Will. you  please  let  me  know  at 
your  early  convenience? 



November  10,  1916, 

Mr.  Edison:  / 

Supplementing  the  memorMicLum  I  sent  you  about  two  months 
ago,  in  whioh  I  advised  our  withdrawal  from  the  General  Film  Co., 

X  beg  to  say  that  the  speoial  dounsel  employed  by  the  speoial  committee 
(Kleine,  Smith  and  Singhi)  wa/  judge  Moon,  who,  while  Dubln's  counsel, 
was  acceptable  to  me.  / 

Judge  Moon's  opinion,  considering  the  matter  solely  from 
the  standpoint  of  the  GenerE®.  film  Co.,  was  that  the  General  Film 
Co.  could  secure  a  reversal  fen  appeal,  and  he  recommended  the  prose¬ 
cution  of  an  appeal.  Nevertheless,  in  view  of  Judge  Dickinson's 
decision,  Mr.  Moon  did  not  think  it  advisable  for  the  General  Film 
Co.  to  pay  the  Patents  Company  any  further  royalties.  It  was 
therefore  decided  by  the  Board  of  Directors  of  the  General  Film  Co. 
to  discontinue  the  payment  of  such  royalties. 

Kennedy  and  I  of  course  voted  against  the  discontinuance 
of  the  royalties. 

Following  the  vote  on  this  proposition,  Mr.  Marion  of  the 
Kalem  Co.  expressed  regret  that  the  General  Film  Co.  was  handicapped 
by  having  Board  members  who  by  reason  of  their  connection  with  the 
Motion  Picture  Patents  Co.  were  not  in  a  position  to  act  unbiasedly 
in  the  interests  of  the  General  Film  Co. 

At  this  Juncture  Mr.  Smith  of  the  Vitagraph  Co.  offered 
a  resolution  that  the  number  of  releases  through  the  General  Film 
Co.  should  be  fixed  at  from  36  to  42  .  Mr.  Kennedy  interposed, 
stating  that  before  Mr.  Smith's  resolution  was  put  he  wanted  to 
explain  his  position  fully  to  Mr.  Marion.  Mr.  Kennedy  thereupon 
defined  his  attitude  and  tendered  his  resignation.  X  also  resigned, 

Mr.  Edison-  2. 

since,  'being  Vice-President,  I  should  have  suooeeded  to  the  presidency, 
and  Marion's  insinuations  and  objections  would  have  been  as  applicable 
to  me  as  to  Kennedy. 

A  recess  was  taken  until  4  P.  M.  yesterday.  It  was  arranged 
that  during  this  recess  the  special  committee  confer  with  Judge  Moon 
again  and  learn  whether,  in  view  of  the  legal  status  of  the  General 
Pilm  Company's  affairs,  it  was  advisable  to  accept  the  resignations 
of  Kennedy  and  myself. 

Both  Kennedy  and  I  are  holding  aloof,  awaiting  a  further 
communication  from  the  other  directors.  I  feel  that  our  interests 
cannot  be  jeopardized  by  this  aloof  attitude  and  that  possibly  it 
may  have  a  good  effeot. 

Up  to  7  o'clock  yesterday  nothing  had  been  accomplished. 

I  expect  to  be  in  Hew  York  to-day  and  hope  to  be  able  to  make  a 
complete  report  by  Thursday. 

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people  but  there  is  a  man  inJCopeka^ansayT 
an  entirely  new  principlIP 

ordinary  picture  films,  wif&utla  shutter,  consequently  there 
is  a  picture  on  the  curtain  all'the  time  wiclp?enders  a  smooth, 
soothing  picture  with  absolutely  no  flickeC— TTyou  wald  be 
interested  in  such  a  machine,  he  will  gladly  submit  a  model  to 
demonstrate  the  prinoiple,  providing  you  and  he  can  agree  upon 

I  would  not  write  for  him  but  for  the  fact  that 
I  have  known  him  for  years  and  have  great  confidence  in  him  and 
his  ability  to  do  what  he  says  that  he  can.  His  name  is  I.  N. 
Cassity  and  his  address  is  1023  Jackson  Street,  Topeka,  Kansas. 

Hoping  if  this  matter  is  of  interest  to  you  that 
you  will  write  him,  X  am,  with  personal  regards, 

Very  truly  yours 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Haply’  to  Efficiency  Engineer's  Memorandum  Mo.  3207 
November  16,  1915 

Division  in  Question  -  Edison  Studio  Division,  T.A.E.,  Ino. 

Subjeot  -  Dlsoussion—  Measra.  Wilson,  ^W.MoChesney  &  Mambert: 

Mr.  T«  A*  Ediaon 
Mr.  Chas.-  Edison 

I  believe  I  am  expected  to  outline  briefly  what  aotion  haa  been 
taken  in  reapeot  of  the  instruotions  oontalntod  in  Mr.  Mambert 'a 
memorandum  of  the  above  number.  j 

Obviously,  nothing  oan  be  done  about/bettering  our  percentage 
arrangement  with  Hr.  Kleine  (jumping  our/share  of  the  gross  receipts 
from  60$  to  possibly  75$)  until  such  time  as  we  are  able  to  produce 
a  second  five  reel  feature  each  month  ffir  his  exchanges  to  distribute. 

I  am  hoping  that  this  will  be  during  the  month  of  January,  but  I  should 
like  a  little  longer  time  for  consideration  before  making  a  definite 
promise.  / 

Nothing  further  has  developed  in?  connection  with  the  locating 
of  the  publicity  man  at  the  Studio,  except  that  there  have  been 
additional  incidents  during  the  past! ten  days  or  so  whioh  seem  to 
make  the  soheme  suggested  by  Mr.  Wilton  a  very  desirable  one. 

X  have  arranged  for  the  purohaefe  of  a  box  at  the  Soreen  Club 
Ball,  Saturday  evening,  at  $75.00,  aid  our  principal  players  will  be 
in  attendance.  Possibly  one  of  thefe,  Mias  Dana,  will  be  one  of  the 
leaders  of  the  grand  maroh.  I  mention  this  merely  to  show  that  we 
are  trying  to  get  a  little  publicity  \)ut  of  the  subscription. 

X  have  made  the  tabulation  of  film  saleB  from  the  information 
seoured  by  Mr.  Wilson.  The  report  showed  a  total  of  1480  reels  pur¬ 
chased  by  the  General  Film  Company  during  the  week  ending  Ootober  11th. 
There  were  37  different  pictures  released  that  week  by  the  nine  manu¬ 
facturers,  the  37  piotures  amounting  in  all  to  62  reels.  The  average 
prints  sold  per  reel  figured  28  6/l3.  In  the  showing,  Vltagraph, 
with  an  average  sale  of  38  l/3  prints  per  reel  waB  first;  Essanay 
was  second,  with  an  average  of  23  l/lls  Edison  was  third  with  an 
average  of  ZZ&/Z\  Biograph  was  fourth  with  an  average  of  22  3/8; 

Kalem  was  fifth  with  an  average  of  22 ;  Mellea  was  six  with  an  average 
of  20  l/4 }  lubin  was  seventh  with  an  average  of  20  4/9;  Selig  was 
eighth  with  an  average  of  19  3/4  and  Kleine  waB  ninth  with  an 
average  of  12.  In  the  total  prints  sold,  (regardless  of  the  number 
of  releases),  Vitagraph  was  first  with  345;  Essanay  seoond  with 
254;  Kalem  third  with  198;  Lubin  fourth  with  184;  Biograph  fifth 
with  179;  Edison  sixth  with  136;  MelieB  seventh  with  81;  Selig 
eighth  with  79  and  Kleine  ninth  with  24. 

The  picture  for  the  Phonograph  Division  1b  well  under  way ,  al¬ 
though  we  have  enoountered  all  sorts  of  hard  luok  in  connection  with 
it.  As  an  example:  William 'West,  oast  for  the  part  of  the  butler 
appeared  in  about  ten  soenes,  was  taken  ill,  and  when  several  days 
after  his  initial  appearance  he  came  to  the  Studio  to  make  the  remain- 

tag  scenes  he  was  so  feeble  that  it  seemed  quiteuseleast 
continue  him  in  the  pioture.  Accordingly  we  had  to  oast 
new  man  for  the  part  of  the  butler  and  remake  the  scenes, 
new  man  ror  x  p  ^  ^  en00UntBrea  with  the  pioture,  bi 

I  have  written 
soliciting  sums  for  ' 
previously  covered  tl 

I  tools:  up  with 
discontinuing  Cur  arr 

and  he  wanted  us  to  try  it  out  for  another 
that  he  would  be  a  little  less  critical  in  the  s^ootlon  or 
negatives  than  heretofore.  I  agreed  and  will  report  later 
this  detail. 

Except  in  two  oases  it  has  not  been  necessary  to  make 
increases  in  the  salaries  of  our  camera  operators,  and  in  only 
X  increased  the  operator's  salary  to 

the  oases  of  any  camera  operators  who  are  i 
manufacturers  with  better  offers. 

I  am  now  getting  a  daily  report  of  the  aooumulatiye  cost 
of  all  pictures  in  process,  whioh  report  is  also  including  a  daily 
distribution  of  the  pay  roll,  so  that  we  do  not  have  to  wait 
even  until  the  end  of  a  week  to  know  how  much  "general  burden 
eaoh  pioture  is  oarrying.  It  has  been  quite  a  ohore  t0 
out  this  scheme,  and  while  the  figures  I  am  getting  now  perhaps 
are  not  absolutely  aoourrate,  they  are  far  more  definite  than 
we  have  ever  been  able  to  get  before,  and  we  are  working  to  the 
point  where  they  will  be  in  absolute  balance  with  our  books. 

I  feel  with  ur/llasbert  that  these  daily  reports  will  be  a  great 
factor  in  eliminating  some  of  the  waste  and  extravagance  herB 
the  Studio — when  we  have  learned,  as  we  will  soon,  how  to  analyze 
them  properly.  A  I 


Messrs.  Wilson  &  Manbert. 


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ar.  J.  X..  Holbrook, 

%  Sharton,  Inc., 

Ithaca,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  tho  14th  instant  to 
Ur.  Edison  was  received  and  has  had  his  per¬ 
sonal  consideration.  He  wishes  ue  to  say  that 
he  will  bo  glad  to  see  a  demonstration  of  your 
process  after  December  1st. 

If  you  will  kindly  communicate  with 
me  a  few  days  bofore  you  wish  to  come  here,  and 
will  state  Just  what  facilities  in  the  way  of 
space,  etc.,  you  will  require,  I  will  make  tho 
necessary  arrangements. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

E.  H.  Gi'ubb  &  Sons 

The  Eugene  H.  Grubb  Mt.  Sopris  Farming  Co.  (U 
Successors  1 1 


Desr  Mr  Meadoworoft, 

I  am  sending  today,  via  Wells  Fargo 
sacK  of  potatoes  to  Mr  Thomas  Edison's  residence 
and  a  crate  of  varieties  of  potatoes,  with  dis 
criptlons  for  film  and  other  experiments  to 
the  Labratory,  and  also  a  sack  of  two  varieties 
Russet  BurbanK  and  Peachblow,  same  address  for 
your  use.  The  frames  ar,  the  courtesy  and  com¬ 
pliment  of  Mr  F.  A.  Wadleigh  of  the  Denver 
and  Rio  Grande  Railway.  I  could  not  very  well 
ask  him  to  frame  a  sack  to  you  and  so  they  are 
all  going  under  one  Frank  to  Mr  Edison.  X  am 
hoping  these  potatoes  will  proven  sup  rior  in 
cooking  excellence  to  anything  you  can  procure 
in  your  market.  The  long  rough  skin  ones  are 
the  gusset  Burbank  and  they  are  at  the  b  st 
season  now.  The  round  red  ones  are  the  Perfect 
peachblow,  whose  best  season  is  after  the  first 
of  the  year.  It  is  not  generally  known 
that  the  potato  has  a  bbest  season  of  ripness  as 
different  varietley  of  apples  have.  The  peachblow 
if  properly  keep  cool  and  in  the  dark  will  be  good 
from  January  until  June 

E.  H.  Grubb  &  Sons 

The  Eugene  H.  Grubb  Mt.  Sopris  Farming  Co. 


I  had  a  most  Interesting  discussion  with 
your  Prof.  Warner  in  reference  to  the  potato 
cooking  experiment.  He  comprehended  the  problem 
most  quickly.  I  had  mailed  to  him  from  my  pub¬ 
lisher  Doubleday  Page  and  Co.,  and  asked  them 
to  Inscribe,  with  my  compliments,  a  book  on  the 
/potato  to  Mr  Warner,  in  your  care.  As  X  hawe 
/  has  no  acknowledgement  of  the  same,  if  this  has 
I  not  been  received  I  will  send  one  direct  from 


v.  64  th.  5.916- 

Jr.  Eugene  Grubb, 

Oarbondale,  Colo. 

Dear  Mr .  Grubb : 

I  received  your  favor  notifying  me  of  the  shipment  of 
some  potatoes  to  ill’.  Edison's  residence  and  also  of  a  crate  for 
the  Laboratory  and  a  sack  for  my  own  use.  Ihey  all  went  up  to 
the  house  several  days  ago,  und  1  suppose  we  shall  be  unable  to 
separate  them  now,  as  they  have  all  been  mingled  together. 

I  saw  Mr.  V.arner  yesterday  and  find  that  he  understands 
your  ideas  in  regard  to  the  ffclm  problem.  She  book  came  in  from 
Doubleday’s  in  due  time,  and  I  handed  it  over  to  Ur.  Warner. 

With  kind  regards,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly. 



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I  am  writing  to  put  c^uestion  before  you  and  will  do  30  ag, 
vory  briefly. 

‘  .  Has  anyone  ever  tried  tcggaKfe 3*»iSfc£ife&hln »  records  on  the 

general  principle  of  the  moving ^cture^mm,  tl^tj.3,  havin^Jo^ 
body  of  the  record  consist  of  a  narrow  ribbo|  of /h^^fubber  in- 
utead  of  a  diso  of  such  material?  £nr  •  f  r 

Being  a  musician,  the  limitat^nsJfgtha-^T form  of  record 
are  so  obvious  to  me  that  it  has  aiwtyTloomed  of  the  greatest 

desirability  to  mo  that  the  length  of  oer ta$  °24^P°3^0n8 

wU^tted#^Sf^mutllatlon  in  order 
should  not  necessarily  be  the  i<%ji$ont.®or  n 

to  the  recording  of  them  possibli^^^ . 

Hoping  1  may  receive  some  reply  from  you 
any  possibilities  whatover,  I  am  *fy.i***'^  ^  "’r‘ 

Eespeotfully  yours. 


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i5y  dear  lir.  Edison: 

9  v#  ‘H-t-fe. i 

V/ill  you  opare  a  few  minutes 
out  of  your  busy  day  Tuesday  or  Wednesday 
of  next  week  to  receive  Colonel  ,T.  Stuart 
Blackton  and  myself?  Vto  v/ant  to  talk  with 
you  about  the  Honorary  Presidency  of  the 
Motion  Picture  Board  of  Trade.  I  hope  that 
we  can  induce  you  to  reconsider  your 
declination.  I  await  your  further  pleasure. 

Very  truly  yours, 

.  h. 

Executive  Secretary. 

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26  Hurlbut  St. 

Cambridge, Mass . 
December  4,1915. 

Mr. Thomas  A. Edison 
West  Orange, N.J. 

Dear  Sir:-  _ _ 

As  a  research  student  in  the  field  of  education, and 

a  firm  believer  in  the  educational  value  of  the  cinematograph, 

I  am  writing  to  inquire  concerning  the  experiments  that  you 
have  carried  on  along  this  line.  That  motion  pictures  in  the 
theatres  have, today , the  pwwer  to  exert  tremendous  influence  on 
the  masses  cannot  be  doubted, in  view  of  the  extent  to  which 
such  places  of  amusement  are  patronized.  The  use  of  pictures 
in  schools, however, especially  interests  me  at  this  time. 

I  should  like  particularly, to  discover  to  what  degree  the 

use  of  motion  pictures  is  justified  in  the  curriculum.  Have 
you  determined  by  investigations  in  schools, the  efficiency 
of  teaching  with  the  aid  of  the  cinematograph?  If  you  have 
oarried  on  such  comparative  studies, to  what  extent  and  with 
what  result  1 

I  should  be  glad  to  know  how  comprehensive  are  the  films 
which  you. are  preparing  for  educative  purposes, and  any  other 
information  about  them  which  you  care  to  give  me. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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The  Eugene  H.  Grubb  Mt.  Sopris  Fanning  Co. 

My  dear  Mr  Edison 

Enclosed  please  find  a  copy  a  of  letter  which 
was  written  some  three  weoKs  ago,  in  the  subject  of 
which  I  am  very  much  interested.  X  have  not  heard 
from  you,  nor  fnora  Professor  Warner,  to  whom  I  wrote  also 
and  while  X  do  not  wish  at  al  to  seem  importunate,  I 
trust  the  letter  reached  the  destination  in  due  lime. 

At  your  leisure  I  shall  be  most  happy  to 
hear  from  you,  and  with  the  compliments  of  the  season 
and  with  best  wishes,  I  remain 

Sincerely  S'  ^ 

Mr  Thomas  A. 

New  Jersey 

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Dear  Mr  Edison 

T  waa  so  delighted  to  hear  that  you  had 
attngulshed  world's  benefactor,  Luther 

KT/.»  3 "S'fcX*  JmIm;  ««  “  r,f«r 1?SS 

ssr-5  ss 

souls  cannot  be  oftener  togetner.  and  when  I 

one  would  be  an  inspiration  to  ornla  i  wir-d  President 

learned  that  you  were  to  It  ^llwayofwhat  a  splendid 
sproulof  ^Southern  Pacmc  railway,  ^  ffirs 

Edlson^an^your^car^to^BurbanK^s^home  and  8oe  him  in^his 
t^t^h  c°^tesyXte^endfd  to  Pyou,  whether 

I^wa 8  ins t rumen t a 1  or  not,  does  not  matter. 

NOW:  To  come  to  my  great  ambition  and  desire. 

„1ve  to  the  American  housewife  and  the  peo¬ 
ple  in  general,  the  most  useful  Knowledge  of  the  prepay 

kin  Si? «^2.S5ShtS°.Uin  my-elf . 

fss  jh«s  siA,vr-  w 

potato.  perpared  slides  for  steroptican 

£.  M «« 

made  most  complete  ln  h  ?  eyes  t0  see.  Parentheclcaliy 

“^XTSSiS  "«£l?5i5  V.K  enthusiast lc  over  the. 

■»“1“11*£*,S  p««o  .nice  Ml  no‘  wuv  ae.eroree 

swss  ss:  a«s 

altitude,  water  dons  not.  reach  «  twnipoia<- 


Mr  Edison  2-2 

,onnn  -feet,  you  cannot  hoi  it 
hundred,  and  ^ J'lintl0r  Aga’ result  therefore,  the  potato 
potatoes  in  a  day.  *  res  often  as  a  food 

had  failed  to  Rive  its  best  resu^  ^  noW  tftat  the 
value  in  lacKing  andln  forepldiy  into  universal  use 
electric  range  is  coining  so  rep  d0d  this  opens 

,  where  higlt  temperatures  can  n  tato.  Mr  Henry 

a  wonderful  WWW™*  f0  douht  you  Know  well, 
Dougherty  H®w  General  Electric  Company  are  now 


By  express  today ^  thru  the  ^rtest^of  m 

X  am  sending  some  potatoes v,  ™  efficient  a  d  worthy  sec- 

^SKS-T-iS' «««'  *»««  »■ 

you  may  desire. 

With  the  very  Kindest  regard,  I  remain 
sincerely  yours 

December  XI,  1915 

Hr.  Heat/oweroft : 

Perhaps  you  would  like  to  have  in  your  files  the 
attached  carbon  of  a  letter  I  an  writing  to  the  young 
lady  who  recently  wrote  Hr.  Edison  asking  an  opportunity 
to  appear  in  Eli  son  films. 



December  11,  1915 

Hies  Jane  Keith, 
Hubbard.  v.'oods,  Ill. 

Dear  MIbb  Keith: 

Hr.  Edison  has  sent  me  your  letter  of  End  pecanber. 

Because  we  have  lately  reduced  our  schedule  of 
releasee  and  as  a  consequence  are  making  corresponding 
reductions  in  our  stock  company,  I  fear  we  shall  not  be 
able  to  offer  you  an  engagement  at  the  moment,  but  I  shall 
be  very  happy  indeed  to  keep  your  letter  on  file  for  a 
possible  future  opportunity. 

fith  regret. 

Yours  faithfully, 


Manager  Motion  Picture  Division. 

December  16,  1915 


Mr.  W.  H.  Iteadoworoft: 

I  am  sorry  that  Mr.  Edison  found  it  neoeeaary  to 
direot  my  attention  to  our  neglect  in  connection  with  the 
sending  of  weekly  reports  of  films  ordered  to  the  Laboratory 
The  routine  work  has  been  very  much  upset  reoently,  because 
we  have  all  been  trying  to  do  really  more  work  than  we  could 
get  done,  but  I  think  I  oan  arrange  from  this  time  on  so 
that  the  reports  will  reach  him  every  week  on  Monday. 

Perhaps  you  know  that  there  is  a  possibility  of  our 
discontinuing  our  present  releasing  arrangement  with  the 
General  Film  Company  in  the  near  future,  in  which  event 
the  reports  themselves  would  automatically  discontinue. 


U  Hurlbu 
l  A  / 3ambridge 

- — '  f  Dec amber 

Mr. Thomas  A. Edison 
Orange, New  Jersey 

J3G  Hurlbut  St. 
Cambridge ,Mass . 
December  16,1915. 

>  your  favor  of  the  £ 

permit  me  to  express  my  interest  in  the  educational 
pictures  which  you  mention.  It  seems  unfortunate  in 
some  ways  that  educators  are  so  conservative.  This  con¬ 
servatism  is  gradually  being  abandoned,  I  think, and  an 
attitude  of  scientific  inquiry  is  becoming  more  and 
more  nearly  universal.  One  manifestation  of  this  sci¬ 
entific  attitude  is  the  demand  of  educators  to  be 
shown  proof  in  substantiation  of  any  statement  advo¬ 
cating  changes  or  innovations  in  educational  policy. 

For  some  time  I  have  been  considering  a 

thorough-going  piece  of  research  in  the  field  of  mo¬ 
tion  pictures. As  you  doubtless  know, some  schools  already 
use  the  cinematograph  systematically,  but  many  scientific 
studies  must  be  undertaken  before  the  majority  of  the 
schools  will  follow  the  lead  of  St. Paul  and  Minneapolis. 
Before  attempting  to  define  any  problem  for  investi¬ 
gation,!  am  especially  anxious  to  find  out  what  has 
already  been  done, and  I  should  appreciate  greatly  learn¬ 
ing  from  you  what  your  work  along  this  line  has  been. 

May  I  not  hoar  from  you  as  to  the  content  of  your  pic¬ 
tures  and  how  they  were  prepared  ? 

Very  sincerely  yours. 

^ffumad  CL  £du»on-«£fcl. 


Motion  Picture  Films  17th  1915. 

Mr.  Wm.  Meadoworoft,  „ 

The  Laboratoryof  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft, 

I  am  in  receipt  of  youre  dated  the  2nd  instant 
returning  letter  dated  33rd  August  1915  addressed  to  Mr. 
Edison  hy  the  Tricolor  Animatograph  Syndicate  Limited, 
together  with  copy  of  patent  with  drawings  attaohed,  also 
two  envelopes  containing  sample  film* 

I  understand  thiB  invention  is  not  considered 
oommeroially  praoti.ahla,  and  HI  *“  11100101 

Animatograph  syndioate  Limited  that  yon  are  not  lntereet  , 
.hen  returning  to  them  the  oopy  ol  patent  and  w»l.  «“■ 

Aa  1  hare  not  heard  from  them  meanwhile,  I  did 
no.  hare  mnoh  oono.rn  in  that  my  letter  dated  14th  B,pt„her 
addreseed  to  hr.  Sdleon  remained  nnane.ered. 

Copy  to  Mr.  Stevens. 

dictated  to 


5ISON  dictating 

Doe.  20th.  1915. 

Mr.  Eugene  Grubb, 

Carbondale,  Colo. 

Dear  Mr .  Grubb : 

I  have  receivedjjjyour  favor  of  the  10th  instant 
enclosing  copy  of  a  letter  which  wee  written  by  you  some  weeks 
ago.  this  earlier  letter  failed  to  reach  me. 

We  are  just  in  the  rush  of  our  phonograph  season, 
but  when  thi6  rush  is  all  over  we  could  take  a  motion  picture 
of  cooking  and  bursting  of  starch  grains  and  other  phenomena 
of  the  potato./  Just  now  Ur.  V.arner  is  very  busy  in  working  for 
me  in  bringing  out  a  new  motion  picture  machine,  so  1  cannot 
very  well  take  him  off  this  job  for  the  present.  Perhaps  you 
will  be  good  enough  to  bring  up  this  subject  a^dittle  later,  say 
after  a  month  or  so. 

When  I  was  in  California,  I  had  a  delightful  time 
with  Luther  Burbank,  who,  by  the  way,  is  the  salt  of  the  earth, 
let  mo  thank  you  for  your  mindness  in  communicating  with  Pres¬ 
ident  Sproule  in  thi6  connection. 

lours  very  truly. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 
Menlo  park,  Hew  Jersey. 

December  twenty-ninth , / 
Nineteen  fifteen. 

[tlrerc'""'  ‘’p  ‘ 


The  stand  you  have  taken  in  favor  of  main¬ 
taining  peace  through  national  preparedness,  causes 
us  to  call  to  your  attention  "Defense  or  Tribute? 

This  is  a  motion  picture  lecture;  an  appeal 
to  the  American  public,  through  its  favorite  amuse¬ 
ment,  the  photoplay,  for  a  greater  patriotism,  a 
larger  interest  in  the  question  of  necessary  national 

We  are  bringing  to  the  public'  notice  in 
this  pictorial  form,  the  dire  punishments  brought 
upon  the  nations  whose  great  crime  has  been  unprep¬ 
aredness  ,  from  the  early ’days  of  history , , down  to 
date.  Further,  we  show  what  must  be  done  (according 
to  the  doctrines  of  suoh  men  as  Colonel  Roosevelt, 
General  Wood  and  Dr.  lyman  Abbott)  to  prevent  such 
visitations  upon  our  country. 

We  Bhould  like  you  to  give  us  an  expression 
of  your  opinion  of  the ' educational  possibilities  of 
this  picture  used  as  propaganda  for  a  better  national 
defense,  America’s  greatest  need. 

in  passing,  it  might  interest  you  to  know 
that  the  National  Seourity  League,  through  its 
president,  has  expressed  a  great  interest  in  the 
furtherance  of  our  work. 

Respectfully  yourB, 


Hr.  Edwin  L.  Chamborlln, 

26  Hnrlbut  Street, 

Cszabr  idgo «  Hass  • 

Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  Edison  lies  asked  me  to  a 

r  your  letter  of  16th 

His  letter  to  you  of  9th  December  had  reference  to  a 
umber  of  scientific  and  other  educational  films  which  were 
ado  in  the  Laboratory  under  his  personal  dirootion  some  two 
r  three  years  ago.  A  few  representative  samples  among  tho 
ot  were  offered  to  educators  to  supply  tho  demand  which  seemed 
o  exist  then  for  special  pictures  which  could  be  ^choo 

com  work  and  for  educational  mrposes  Gonerally. 
he  educators  of  tho  country  appeared  to  bo  either 
r  too  disinterested  to  encourage  Mr.  Edison  in  his 
eke  more  films  of  this  sort.  Since  that  time  tho  proposition 
&S  remained  dormant- 

in  tlie  oircumstancos  we  can  scarcely  bo  considered  in 
wsitiS  t!>  supply  very  many  films  of  educational  i^srest,  and 
__  ■>.  mrm>lv  such  films  except  on  on  outright  pur— 

lhaae  blsis.  I  enclose  a  catalog  of  Idinonoducational  subjects 
Inwhich  I  have  checked  the  titleo  of  the  fllmcwhioharostlll 
ivailablo,  the  negatives  of  the  remainder  were  lost  in  our  fire 
>f  a  year  ago- 


you  can  get  a  number  of  additional  subjects  by  connunicat- 
ag  with.U Georg®6 Kleine,  805  East  175th  St.,  Hew  York,  and  possibly 
1?0  by  writing  Patlie  Ereros,  1  Congress  St.,  Jersey  City,  ^.J. 
ou  mS  Sse  Sf  able  to  get  some  general  information  ^  Qducational 
S  by  communicating  with  Warren  Dunham  Fo?‘0r»j!!^de^' 
ommunlty  Motion  Picture  Bureau,  41  Huntington  St.,  Boston,  Moss. 

If  you  or  any  of  your  confreroo  desire  to  purchase 
now  positive  prints  of  any  of  the  subjects  referred  to  in 
the  catalog  herewith,  prints  will  be  available  at  8j!  per  foot. 

Yours  faithfully, 


Manager  liotion  Picture  Division. 


EdlBon,  Wilson. 

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Dark  Room 

The  dark  room  contains  space  to  accommodate  the  perforat¬ 
ing,  printing,  rack  winding,  developing  and  fixing  operations. 


A  space  16  feet  by  20  feet  for  six  perforating  machines, 
each  having  a  maximum  capacity  of  12,000  feet  per  day,  or 
396,000  feet  per  week. 


A  space  16  feet  hy  20  feet  for  3  Hausmann  printers  and  4 
Duplex  printers.  The  oapaoity  of  the  3  Haasmann  printers  is 
JOO.OOO  per  weak.  The  capacity  of  the  4  Duplex  printers  is 
300,000  per  week,  making  a  total  capacity  of  400,000  feet. 

■Rank  Winding 

A  space  16  feet  hy  20  feet  has  been  alloted  for  this  operation, 
and  for  the  accommodation  of  a  supply  of  empty  racks. 

Three  winding  racks  will  occupy  a  space  8  feet  hy  20  feet, 
leaving  the  other  0  feet  x  20  feet  to  accommodate  a  supply  of 
empty  raoks  easily  accessible  to  the  winders. 

developing  m>  fixieg 

a  space  16  feet  x  60  feet  has  been  alloted  for  these  operations. 

Two  rows  of  tanks  are  provided,  separated  hy  a  ruby  light  box. 

.  .  .  - , „v,  necessary  pipe  connections. 

The  tanks  are  6  feet  high,  including  •> 

bring  the  top  of  the  tanks  3  feet  above  the 

therefore  in  order  to 

floor  level  It  becomes  no good ary  to  excavate  for  them,  to  a 
depth  of  3  feet.  This  excavation  should  he  40  feet  long  hy 
10  feet  wide  hy  3  feet  deep,  oonorete  lined  and  should  drain  to 
sewer.  She  flooring  covering  this  pit  should  he  sectional 
wood  gratings.  She  spent  Hypo  should  he  piped  to  a  largo 
silver  recovering  tonic. 

ASMQSPHiHio  commons 


Shis  space  20  feet  hy  120  feet  is  where  the  chemical  mixing, 
washing,  tinting,  toning,  intensifying  and  reduoing  of  new  film  is 
done  and  also  provides  spaoe  for  soaking  and  massaging  renovated 
film,  and  the  unwinding  racks  for  the  drying  machines. 

Shin  room  must  he  mop*  Borupulously  oloon  as  whei 
gelatine  is  wet  and  soft  it  picks  up  every  flying  particle 
of  dirt.  In  my  opinion  the  outside  wall  and  oeiling  should 
ho  sheathed  with  sheet  metal  a*  a  partition  of  glass  should  he 
provided  for  the  inside. 

m  excavation  40  feet  long  hy  12  feet  wide  hy  4  feet  deep, 
concrete  lined  and  drained  to  sewer  must  he  made  for  the 
renovating  tanks. 


Size  of  each  drying  machine: 

12  ft.  long  x  2  ft.  wide  x  10  ft.  Mtfi 

Capacity  of  each  machine : 

100,000  feet  of  film  per  week. 

Present  average  out  puj 
Approx.  240,000  per  week. 

M.  «•  -0"  .  S'  -  «  U.  M«h.  «1U 

space  for  4  machines. 


*he  air  in  the  drying  room  must  he  filtered  and  conditioned. 
The  dry  hulh  should  register  75°  P.  She  wet  hulh  should  register 
60°  F.  The  relative  humidity  is  then  40$. 

The  side  walls  of  the  drying  room  eheuld  he  free  from  ehelving 
or  promotions  of  any  id*  which  may  he  liable  to  afford  a  lodging 
plaoe  for  dust. 

Tha  ceiling  should  ho  sheathed  with  sheet  metal  and  should 
he  painted  white  with  a  good  quality  white  lead  paint. 

The  floors  if  made  of  cement  should  he  covered  with  "battle 
ship  linoleum"  and  should  ho  Kept  oiled. 

The  air  after  passing  through  the  drying  room  should  he 
utilized  to  ventilate  the  dark  room. 


The  cleaning  of  film  is  merely  a  huffing  operation.  The 
machines  take  up  little  spaee  hut  the  room  containing  them  should 
ho  isolated  from  that  part  of  the  plant  containing  wet  film  on 
account  of  the  lint  from  huff  wheels. 

A  space  15  feet  hy  9  feet  outside  the  building  has  been 
provided  for  this  operation. 

assembling  Rooa 

This  room  should  he  used  for  the  assorting  of  sections  of  Aim, 
cutting  the  negative  into  sections,  measuring  film.  Joining, 
correoting  or  romovlng  defective  pictures,  and  for  packing  the 
finished  product  in  tins.  The  work  bonches  should  face  the 

nr  thesa  various  operations  a  space  75  feet  hy  20  feet  has 
been  provided. 


The  inspection  booth  occupies  a  space  30  foot  hy  40  feet 

for  4  projecting  machines,  each  machine 

which  provides  anple  space 

having  a  throw  of  24  foot. 

She  also  of  picture  on  a  croon  will  he  8  %  6. 


This  department  oocupiea  a  space  25  feet  by  20  feet. 


The  offloe  occupies  a  space  in  a  light  cornor  of  the  building 
30  feet  by  40  feet  ana  commando  a  view  of  the  entire  plant . 


For  the  storage  of  valuable  negatives,  finished  prints,  raw 
abode,  and  Kinetophone  negatives,  five  small  concrete  vaults  have 
been  provided.  Theao  vaults  measure  7  feet  by  12  feot  by  9  feet  high 
outside  dimensions,  ani  have  a  capnoity  each  of  750,00  feot  of  film. 

The  olear  space  between  each  vault  is  6  feot,  end  the  space 
between  the  vaults  and  the  building  in  10  feat. 

For  the  storage  of  returned  film  which  plies  in  at  the  rate  of 
about  260,000  feet  per  week,  five  similar  vaults  have  been  provided. 

By  limiting  this  space  to  five  vaults  wo  will  automatically  bo  obliged 
to  got  rid  Of  this  film  wary  three  monthe. 


The  tank  used  in  connection  with  old  film  plant  ie  made  of 
concrete  and  measures  about  15  feet  long  by  10  feet  wide  by  6  feet  high. 
It  is  divided  into  four  compartments  and  so  arranged  with  a  system  of 
valves  that  each  compartment  may  be  emptied  without  interfering  with 

the  other  three. 

oaoily  removable  and 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Name  Use  (E-15-59) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining 
to  the  authorized  and  unauthorized  use  of  Edison’s  "^/^advertising, 
trademark,  and  other  purposes.  Among  the  documents  for  1915  are  letters 
from  New  York  City  educator  Edward  C.  Zabriskie,  the  Cuban  Cigar  Co.,  and 
the  Federal  Power  &  Light  Co.  of  Boston. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents,  including  all  items  bearing 
substantive  marginalia  by  Edison,  have  been  selected. 


,  PLACE)  NEW  - 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park, 

West  Orange,  H.  J. 

Uy  dear  Ur.  Edison, 

The  Board  of  Eduoation  of  the  City  of  Hew  York 
decided  recently  to  name  the  elementary  schools  from  those 
Americans  who  have  given  distinguished  service  to  this 
oountry.  Amongst  the  names  that  have  tentatively  Been 

n  various  school  hoards  i 

,  ttinAA  eminent 

in  our  history,  including  such  names  as  Washington, 

Lincoln,  Hauilton,  Jefferson,  Longfellow,  Lowell,  Poe, 
eto.  While  it  was  the  plan  to  name  no  sohool  from  a 
living  person,  nevertheless  I  seoured  permission  from 
the  looal  sohool  hoard  to  have  Public  Sohool  27,  of  which 
until  lately  I  was  the  principal,  named  from  you.  To 
consummate  this  plan, I  now  aBk  that  your  oonsent  he  given. 

.  you  may  remember  that  in  1912  you  wrote  an  inter¬ 
esting  artiole  for  our  sohool  magazine,  copies  of  which 
were  sent  to  you.  This  artiole  did  much, to  stimulate  our 

youth  in  an  effort  to  do  worth-while  work,  and  I  feel  con¬ 
fident  that  if  we  may  have  the  honor  of  naming  the  school. 
"She  Thomas  A.  Edison  Sohool",  the  name  will  prove  an  in- 
•  s'piration  from  both  your  life  and  manifold  achievements. 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  (p«2) 

to  all  teachers  and  pupils,  who  now,  and  who  may  hereafter, 
study  in  its  halls. 

I  take  pleasure  in  sending  you  a  copy  of  our  last 
booklet,  and  it  will  he  an  additional  pleasure  for  me  to 
meet  you  at  the  school,  should  you  so  desire,  at  any  time  that 
it  may  he  convenient  to  visit.  The  building  extends  from 
41st  to  42nd  Street,  east  of  Third  Avenue. 

Very  sincerely. 

-Enoloee:  last  booklet  . 


»  york...  Ap*il..i5  ,...1915.,.. 

Ur.  Thomas  A,  Edison, 

Orange , 

Hew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Ur.  Edison, 

Your  letter  consenting  to  have  Public  Sohool  27 
named  "Mis  Thomas  A.  Edison  Sohool"  is  very  heartily  appre¬ 
ciated.  Permit  me,  as  a  former  principal  of  that  sohool, 
to  erpresB  to  you  my  sincere  thanks.  I  sm  sure  that  all  in 
the  school  will  realize  the  very  great  oompliment  that  has 
been  given  to  them  by  this  honor  from  you.  I  hope  it  will 
be  possible  for  you  to  visit  the  sohool  in  the  hear  future 
when  I  may  be  able  to  have  you  meet  the  teachers  and  the 
more  than  two  thousand  students  therein. 

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J  O.GIL  '^SPIE.  ^  tol^’*  •  Jz&n^/crris,  I2.C. 

mas  A  Edison  Esq'1  '  «  ,. 

Sir  <a=*'  y  U>d>tu  prf-M  »W-  (Z1 

YwVW4#C{  rt-O 

I  am  taking  the  liberty  to  ask  of  you  a  great  raw 
t  is  to  act  as  God_Eather  by  Proxy  to  my^Son  ^in-he^  bori 
Whit  Sunday  May  23rd. I  propose  christening  him  Edison  2rg) 

You  may  not  know  of  me  but  I  have  had  many  dealings  with 
the  Edison  Battery  in  connection  with  Elwell  Parker  Trucks  for 
whom  my  Company  are  the  Representatives  in  this  Country, we 
being  the  first  concern  to  introduce  battery  trucks  into  Englani 
about  eighteen  months  ago. 

I  am  associated  with  Me  John  E  Monnet  of  The  Edison 
Accumulator  Co  of  london  and  have  purchased  fro^him  a  number 
of  Edison  Battery  sets. 

I  am  a  great  admirer  of  you  and  your  many  bentfioial 

)  and  I  should  esteem  it  t 

re ry  great  honor  if  my  Son 

in  years  to  come  could  claim  you  as  Jiis  illustrioi 

If  you  will  kindly  cable  me  that  you  are  willing  to  act 
as  Godfather  by  Proxy/I  will;  arrange  for  .one  of  my.  friends 
(Mr  h  5  Martyn  brother-in-law  to  Hr  Harman,®. Dick  of  Ohigago) 
to  represent  you  at  the  christening. 

Hoping  that  you  will  kindly  honor  ray  wife  and  I  by  acting 
in  the  capacity  named. 

My  Cable  address  is  GIEEHBASE  MlffiOXI.  _ 



Cuban  Cigar  Company 


objection  to  the  use  of  your  name  and  portrait  as  the 
name  of  a  high  class  cigar,  provided  you  have  not  already 
given  your  permission  for  such  use  to  another  party. 

Also  will  you  kindly  inform  us  where  we  can  obtain  a 
late  portrait  of  you  which  meets  with  your  approval,  for 
reproduction,  in  the  event  that  you  have  no  objection  to 
its  use  for  the  purpose  named. 

We  assure  you  that  such  permission  will  be  highly 
appreciated  and  we  shall  be  most  grateful  therefor. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Federal  Power  8c  Ligi-it  Company 

Bear  Sir:- 

Sighi-Gcm^ress  Streef- 

BostonDec.9,1915.  ^ 

<j0U.  tUrl feCr.-*— 

"  J  c# 

Thomas  A.  3dison,«q., 

West  Orange,  Hew  Jersey- 

K  MT% 

U^^Uvva  air 

You  are  doubtless  a’lare  that  the 
name  "iSdison”  is  largely  used  by  corporations 
generating  and  supplying  electricily.  This  ^ 

corporation  is  interested  in  such  Companies  in  s-'»*v 
the  states  of  Ohio  and  Iowa,  and  it  is  our  i: 
pose  to  merge  several  Iowa  Companies  which  "f 
now  operate  into  one  corporation  and  the  na: 

IOWA  iSDISOH  COUPAHY  has  been  suggested. 

I  write  to  inquire  if  there  is 
any  personal  objection  to  our  adopting  the  nume 
"iSdison"  in  this  title  as  many  others  have  done 
before,  not  wishing  to  transgress  or  oppose  your 
personal  desires. 

Shanking  you  in  advance  for  your 
courtesy,  we  remain, 


Very  truly  yours, 



Deo.  30,  1915. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esquire, 
West  Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  are  preparing  for  Messrs.  K1  aw  &  Erlanger  a 
poster  for  "The  Ohio  lady"  by  Booth  Tarkington  and  Julian  Street, 
and  we  are  incorporating  in  the  border  of  this  poster  the  names 
of  the  famous  sons  of  Ohio  -  the  six  presidents  who  came  from  the 
state,  the  Shermans,  etc.;  and  we  would  very  much  like  to  use  your 
name,  also.  Will  you  kindly  give  us  permission  to  do  so. 

Thanking  you  in  anticipation,  we  are. 

Yours  faithfully. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
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Edison’s  position  as  chair  of  the  Naval  Consulting  Board.  Included  are  letters 
from  Secretary  of  the  Navy  Josephus  Daniels  and  longtime  Edison  associates 
Cloyd  M.  Chapman,  T.  Commerford  Martin,  and  Frank  J.  Sprague.  Also 
included  is  a  communication  from  patent  attorney  Philip  Farnsworth 
recommending  radio  and  television  pioneer  Lee  De  Forest  to  undertake 
wireless  work  for  the  Board.  A  letter  from  four  employees  of  the  Diamond  Drill 
Contracting  Co.  in  Coeur  d'Alene,  Idaho,  expresses  dismay  that  the  inventor 
would  lend  his  genius  "to  methods  of  destruction."  A  draft  response  by  Edison 
explains  that  he  has  "only  offered  my  services  to  assist  the  American  Govt  to 
prepare  to  resist  invasion." 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence  that 
received  a  perfunctory  response  or  no  reply  from  Edison. 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  the  "1915  Correspondence"  folder  in 
the  Naval  Consulting  Board  and  Related  Wartime  Research  Papers,  Special 
Collections  Series. 


July  13th,  1915* 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:  — 

Upon  soeln^the  announcement  of  the  Naval  Advisory 
Board  of  Invent  ioiyij  there  ooourred  to  me  the  name  of 
Dr.  tee  DeForeet  as  one  who  oould  give  useful  help, 
especially  in  wireless  telegraphy*  that  hranoh  in  whioh  the 

Navy  Is  so  greatly  interested. 

I  think  you  will  reoall  me  as  one  who  worked 
for  you  in  patent  litigation, and  DeForest's  name  ooourred 
to  me  because  I  have  been  familiar  with  his  work  in 
wireless  telegraphy  for  more  than  ten  years.  I  know 
that  he  is  most  competent  to  help  in  wireless. 

Faithfully  yours. 




37  WALL  ST..  NEW  YORK 

NEW  YORK.  July  15,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  ^  s j 

Orange,  N.J.  ^\aJ-  ^  $-*■(& 

Dear  Mr.  Edison,  A-  —  & 

I  want  you  to  kfcfew  how  much  people  think  of  your 
KeMs  p  1 1  * 

ideas  in  the  matter  of  a  scientific  advisory) hoard  for  the.  Navy. 
Not  alone  myself,  hut  the  many  people  with  whom  I  1 

1  in  theT^Srlous 

the..  Navy, 

i  discussed 

the  matter,  think  such  a  body  of  "top  liners’ 
fields,  headed  by  the  greatest  in  any  or  all  f iBlds-»ol~t>Tactioal 
scientific  endeavor,  should  be  able  to  give  the  American  Navy 
equipment  so  much  superior  to  that  of  any  possible  opponent 
that  it  would  be  quite  invincible.  The  very  proposal  itself 
is  important  enough,  but  the  giving  of  your  owntirae  and  guidance 
to  the  development  and  direction  of  the  new  board  makes  it  one 
of  the  best  things  that  has  happened  in  the  cause  of  "peace  by 

Here's  success  to  you,  as  usual. 

Sincerely  yours, 


NATIONAL  electric  light 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq 
Edison  Testing  Laboratories 
Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Hew  York, July  15,1915 

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*jl  2* 

I  have  like  gst  otho^p^le^^n  ^sq^int^sted 
in  the  proposed  formation  < 
only  admire  your  willingness  ; 
already  fairly  well  burdened  wi^tti 

discussion  in  engineering  o ir dSFSST^ TTTlyTaT^ngineer s  Cljb, 
where  little  else  has  been  talked  about  durin^e  past  week,  especially 
the  personnel  of  the  Board.  A  few  day^gojjsa^  writing  to  Mr. 
Meadowcrof t  on  some  other  subject,  but  ventures  mention  the  name  of 
Menry  L.  Doherty  as  a  likely  member  of  yo^Board,  both  because  he  is  an 
inventor  and  administrator  and  is  intensely  interested  in  the  subject. 

I  believe  he  would  give  his  time  and  thought  willingly.  Another  man 
whose  name  has  been  quite  freely  and  frequently  mentioned  is  Mr.  Prank  J. 
Sprague,  about  whom  X  do  not  have  to  tell  you  anything,  although  perhaps 
you  may  not  know  that  he  has  been  for  some  years  on  the  Board  of  Visitors 
at  the  Havel  Academy.  Being  an  old  navy  man  himself,  it  is  thought  by 
many  that  he  is  peculiarly  well  qualified  to  take  hold  of  such  work.  I 

had  a  talk  with  him  over  the  telephone  about  it  this  morning,  when  he 
expressed  his  willingness  to  serve  on  the  Board  if  called  upon,  and 
intimated  to  me  that  he  was  already  engaged  on  some  romarkably  in¬ 
teresting  work  as  to  the  improvement  of  munitions  of  war,  which  how¬ 
ever,  X  fancy,  he  would  not  like  to  disclose  except  as  a  member  of 
the  Board  in  some  capacity. 

Please  accept  these  suggestions  for  what  they  are  worth, 

I  need  not  assure  you  that  all  I  want  to  do  is  to  cooperate  and  have 
the  honor  and  privilege  of  helping  you  so  far  as  may  lie  in  ray  power. 

As  ever, 

Yours  faithfully, 


hi<>«,y~£ "IbSotov  COEUR  D  ALENE  IDAHO. 

JULY.  15th.  1915. 


Dear  Sir:- 

Thosa  of  lis  of  a  macanical  and  conatruotlva 
nature  who  have  been; glad  to  sit  at  your  faat  are  pain 
ad  to  laarn  you  have  loaned  your  genius  to  methods  of 
human  destruction.  jFar  greater  would  be  your  measure 
of  {jlory,  could  you  evolve  plans  whereby  these  barbar¬ 
ous  follies  by  which  everyone  loses,  could  be  avoided. 

Hours  very  truly. 


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SEND  the  following  Telegram,  subject  10  tbo  ti 

July  19th.  1915. 

Hon.  Josephus  Daniels; 

Secretary  of. the  Navy, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

Think  at  least  two  from  each  Society  is_ essential  for  per- . 
manent  success.  It  would  he  very  much  better  that  Ford, 
Wright,  Myself  and  the  others  should  he  elected  hy  the 

'Societies  instead  of  appointed.  If  thiB  y^  +ig1  . 

got  the  active  influence  and  enthusiasm  of  50,000  of  the 
hast  men:  in  the  country  without  the  risk  of  making  mistakes 
or  arousing  jealousies.  ,  ■ 


DA  NEWYORK  305  PM  JUL  23  1915,  // 



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338  PM 

140  South  Dearborn  Street 

Chicago,  September  17,1915. 

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There  is  a  party  here  in  Ohioago/remotely 
connected  with  A.  B.  Diok  &  Company,  who  says  he  oan  con¬ 
trol  torpedos  by  light  up  to  a  distance  of  between  5  and  6 
miles.  I  saw  a  model  two  years  ago  whioh  was  very  orude 
and  unsatisfactory,  but  on  my  return  to  Chicago  he  tells 
me  he  is  able  now  to  demonstrate  all  he  claimB.  He  says 
he  oan  operate  in  daylight  or  darknes's  and  torpedos  oan  be 
fired  by  oontaoj;  or  will  of  operator.  He  insisted  that 
I  write  you  concerning  this  in  the''  hope  that  you  will  make 
some  inquiry  regarding  it.  He  offered  to  make  a  demonstra¬ 
tion  for  me  but  I  hesitated  about  putting  him  to  all  this 
trouble  as  I  am  a  little  ,shaky"regarding  hiB  ability  to 
prove  up.  Did  you  ever  hear  of  any  similar  device?  Do 
you  believe  suoh  a  thing  oould  be  practical? 

With  my  best  wishes,  I  am, 

/  Sinoerely  yours, 


Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange, N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  New  York  Concentrating  Works  (E-15-61) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  New  York  Concentrating  Works,  one  of  several  companies  organized  by 
Edison  during  the  1 890s  to  exploit  his  ore  milling  patents  and  mining  property 
leases,  included  is  a  communication  from  Edison  to  his  private  secretary 
Harry  F.  Miller  requesting  a  list  of  company  stockholders,  along  with  Miller's 
notations  about  existing  and  proposed  additional  stockholders. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 

March  X,  3.915 

John  P.  Donohoe,  Eso. , 


How  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Eeferring  to  your  inquiry  as  to  the  Seymour  Warden 
property.  Torn  of  Putnam  Talley,  Putnam  County,  Hew  York,  I 
do  not  know  j\u>t  how  much  land  there  1b  in  this  tract  nor  in 
whose  name  it  stands.  I  am  willing  to  hare  this  matter  in¬ 
vestigated  at  onoe,  and  if  it  turns  out  that  1  have  tho  right 
to  give  a  bargain  and  sale  deed  to  same ,  I  will  do  so  upon 
payment  to  me  of  §20.00  per  aoro  for  what  I  own,  if  any. 

I  hereby  acknow lodge  receipt  of  §400.00  to  bo  ap¬ 
plied  upon  the  purehaeo  price  of  tho  above  mentioned  proporty 
in  ease  a  dead  is  given,  but  to  be  returned  to  you  in  ease  tho 
title  to  said  property  is  suoh  that  I  cannot  properly  givo  a 
bargain  and  sale  deed  to  same. 

Very  truly  yours. 

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The  undersigned,  being  a  stockholder  of  New  York 
Concentrating  Works,  a  corporation  of  the  State  of  New  York 
having  received  a  notice  signed  by  the  President  of  said 
Company  of  a  special  meeting  of  the  stockholders  thereof, 
to  be  held  on  the  19th  day  of  Hay,  1915  at  two  P.  K.  at  No. 
10  Fifth  Avenue,  in  the  City,  County  and  State  of  New  York, 
does  hereby  waive  any  further  or  different  notice  of  the 
time,  place  and  purpose  of  said  special  meeting,  and  con¬ 
sents  that  the  same  be  held  at  the  time  and  place  above 
named;  and  the  undersigned  further  consents  to  the  trans¬ 
action  of  any  and  all  business  which  may  come  before  the 
said  meeting. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
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This  folder  contains  carbon  copies  of  ongoing  correspondence  similar 
(and,  in  many  cases,  identical)  to  the  items  found  in  the  Letterbook  Series. 
The  letters,  which  were  originally  fastened  together  in  a  two-ring  binder,  are 
primarily  by  Edison  and  his  personal  assistant,  William  H.  Meadowcroft. 
Among  the  documents  for  1 91 5  are  letters  concerning  employment  searches, 
including  the  draftsman  and  organic  chemist  positions  at  the  West  Orange 
laboratory.  There  are  also  items  pertaining  to  toluol  production  and 
evaporating  equipment,  as  well  as  correspondence  regarding  the  scheduling 
of  trial  record  appointments.  A  letter  to  Robert  Work  of  Swarthmore  Prep 
School  indicates  that  Edison  considered  his  incandescent  electric  light  system 
to  be  his  "biggest"  invention. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
material  not  selected  consists  of  duplicates,  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgment,  and  other  routine  correspondence. 

Jan.  2,  1915. 

Mr.  Kick  Costas, 

36  lake aide  Avenue, 

West  Orange,  K.  J. 

Boar  Sir: 

Hr.  Hoffman  informs  me  that  when  the  cold  weather 
came  on  after  the  fire  you  and  several  other  men  failed  to 
come  to  work  and%w.  Hoffman  supposed  you  were  not  in  need 
of  work  and  he  put  others  on  who  needed  it. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Jon.  4,  1915. 

Hr.  2.  I.  Anderson, 

635  -  54th  Street, 

Brooklyn,  H. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  have  occasion  to  use  several  good  draughtsman  who 
have  experience  in  designing\igs  and  small  manufacturing  tools,;. 
We  pay  fifty  cents  an  hour  and  our  working  hours  are  49  1/2  hours 
per  week,  we  pay  for  overtime  at  the  same  rate. 

Hr.  Lyng  of  the  Western  Electric  Company  has  given  ua 
your  name.  If  you  are  disengaged  will  you  please  come  over  the 
first  thing  tomorrow  morning  and  ask  to  see  Hr.  Headowcroft. 
fake  the  Lackawanna  Railroad,  get  off  at  Orange,  walk  one  hlook 
to  the  main  Street  and  take  a  trolley  to  West  Orange  which  will 
bring  you  to  our  door. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant 'to  Hr.  Edison. 

P.  S.  If  you  have  no  experience  in  designing  jigs  and  small 
manufacturing  tools,  it  would  be  useless  far  you  to  come  over. 

Jan.  4, 

1 915 . 

Ur,  Fro d  E.  Dearborn, 

936  Elm  Street, 

Manchester,  IT.  H. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  fairo r  of  the  30th  ultimo  has  been  received.  Hr. 
Edison  requests  me  to  ash  whether  you  are  an  organic  chemist  . 
If  so,  what  ia  your  experience.  Kindly  address  your  reply  to 
me . 

Yours  vary  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Mr.  Alexander  Frank. 

29  Stuyvesant  St., 

Haw  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

5YS  have  occasion  to  use  several  good  draughtsman  who 
have  experience  in  designing  jigs  and  snail  manufacturing  tools. 
We  pay  fifty  cents  an  hour  and  our  working  hours  are  49  l/2  hours 
per  week,  we  pay  for  overtime  at  the  same  rate . 

Hr.  Lyng  of  the  Wostom  Electric  Company  has  given  vg. 
your  name.  If  you  are  disengaged  will  you  please  cone  over  tlm 
first  thing  tomorrow  morning  and  ask  to  see  Mr.  iieadowcroCt . 

Take  the  Backawanna  Hailroad,  got  off  at  Orange,  walk  one  block 
.to  the  Main  Street  and  take  a  trolley  to  West  Orange  v:hi$h  will 
bring  you  to  our  door. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

p.  S.  If  you  have  no  experience  in  designing  jigs  and  small 
manuf ac tur lng  tools,  it  would  ha  useless  for  you  to  come  over. 

Mr.  W.  C.  Matthews, 

Asst.  Director  of  Sales, 

E.  U.  du  Pont  de  Honours  Powder  Co . , 
Wilmington,  Del. 

Dear  Sir: 

Wood  Pjilp. 

Your  favor  of  the  30th  ultimo  to  our 
Purchasing  Agent  was  handed  hy  him  to  Mr.  Edison,  together  with 
your  samples. 

Mr.  Sdison  request  ae  to  say  that  we 
have  closed  a  contract  with  Swedish  Mills  for  our  requirements 
for  1915,  hilt  we  are  interested. 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  to  know  whether  your 
pulp  is  made  in  America  and  whether  a  supply  could  he  relied 
upon  at  all  fixture  tines. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Jan.  4,  1915 . 

Horgonthaler  Co., 

Baltimore,  Md. 


I  ma  looting  for  a  few  gooa.  draughts¬ 
man  who  have  had  experience  in  the  designing  of 
jigs  ana.  small  mnufacturing  tool%.  I*  ^ou  0811  |  j 

send  me  the  and  addresses  of  any  such,  I 

shall  appreciate  it  very  much.  ;\ 

Yours  v'-ry  t  ruly , 


nr.  Chari oa  W.  Price, 

2ho  Electrical  P.eview  and  Western  Electrician, 
n y  dear  Hr.  Price: 

I  have  just  le  en  shown  page  six  .'of  your 
issue  of  Bocemher  26th,  containing  a  picture  of  our  Storage 
Battery  Plant,  together  wuth  an  announcement  that  it  was  not 
affected  hy  the  recent  fire,  and  I  am  told  that  you  have  giv¬ 
en  us  this  full  page  without  any  charge . 

Po  say  that  I  thanfc  you  for  this  prac¬ 
tical  way  of  showing  your  good  will  to  me  and  my  company 
does  not  fully  express  my  full  sense  of  appreciation  of  your 
courtesy.  There  is  a  deeper  sentiment  than  that,  and  all  I 
can  s  a  Jr  that  this  friendly  act  on  ymr  part  has  afforded  me 
sincere  pleasure  and  gratification. 

With  all  good  wishes. of  the  season  to 

i  you,  I  remain. 

Yours  sincerely. 

Jan.  6,1915. 

Mr.  J.  S.  Skarrett,  Gen'l  Mgr., 

Nicholas  Power  Company, 

90  Cola  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  thank  yon  for  yonr  prompt  response 
to  the  telephone  message  which  I  sent  to  you  yester¬ 
day  for  Hr.  Edison.  Ha  also  wishes  to  add  lis  thanks; 
for  the  information  which  you  have  so  kindly  given. 
Yours  veryritrujy. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 

Jan.. 6,  191^. 

Hr.  ?.  H.  Richardson,  Editor^ 

The  notion  Picture  ?/oria, 

17  Madison  Avenue , 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Hr-  Richards pn: 

Your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo  was  received, 
and  I  am  glad  to  learn  that  the  sample  of  wide  film  reached  you 
in  safety. 

Much  as  I  would  like  to  comply  with  your  re¬ 
quest  for  a  brief  history  of  the  film,  it  is  simply  impossible 
for  me  to  get  time  to  attend  to  this  '5$uot  now.  Every  moment  of 
my  tine,  day  ana  night  is  taken  up  in  the  work  of  re cons tract ion 
and  rehabilitation  of  my  plant,  and  it  vrould  not  ao  for  me  to 
alio  my  attention  to  be  diverted  for  anything  else,  even  if  I 
could  find  tine . 

Yoxtrs  very  truly. 

Jan  .6,1 915 ■ 

Hr.  9.  H.  Ten  Broe  ck. 

Paris,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir: 

Y<mr  favor  of  tl»  End  loot™*  *°  »•  h“ 

received.  H.  r.w.ota  «s  to  «®  that  it  rill  »ot  injure  the 
Diamond  rout  to  stand  on  tie  record  all  niBM .  Ho  soya  also 
tMt  yon  could  easily  ris  «r  »  atrins  ■“*  rt”  *»  “1“”’ 

clock  to  start  machinery  in  notion. 

Yours  very  truly , 

saison  laboratory . 

7,  1915. 

Mr.  Sigmund  Hubert , 

Philadelphia.  ?a. 

Dear  Mr.  laibin: 

Mr.  Moore  has  heen  with  us  for  16.  years,  most¬ 
ly  in  the  film  hu  sine  ss .  which  he  hnows  from  the  bottom  up. 

He  is  laid  off  on  aecoifet  of  the  fire  and  because  he  does  not 

get  along  with  some  of  oxir  re  °rle  • 

Yours  very  truly. 

January  9,1916. 

Mr.  W.  J.  Burton, 
Gary,  Texas. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  1st  inst. 
we  beg  to  say  that  Mr.  Edison  does  not  allow 
cigarette  skiing  in  the  laboratory  or  any  of  the 
buildings  connected  there  with.  He  does  not 
assume  to  regulate  the  method  of  living  ofany 
of  our  people  after  they  leave  this  establishment. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 

January  9,1915, 

Miss  Florence  E.  Cunningham, 
226  \Y.79th  Street 
Hew  York  City. 

Hear  Madam: 

Your  favor  of  the  7th  ins  t.  to  Mr. 
Edison  has  been  received,  and  we  beg  to  say  in 
reply  that  we  have  several  whistling  records 
that  will  be  coming  out  on  our  now  lists  after 
we  get  working  again,  and  Mr.  Edison  will  not 
wish  to  make  any  further  records  of  this 
character  for  sometime  to  come. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Edison  laboratory. 

January  9,1916. 

Mr.  Prod  E.  Dearborn, 

936  Elm  Street 

Manchester,  H.H. 

Dear  Sir: 

Tour  favor  of  the  5th  inst.was  received. 

I  would  aay  for  your  information  that  a  few  days 
ago  Mr.  Edison  engaged  a  Chemist,  hut  may  want 
another  before  long. 

I  would  be  glad  to  have  you  write  another 
note  stating  what  college  you  graduated  fromaand 
whether  you  wrote  a  thesis  and  if  bo  on  what 
subject.  This  information  I  will  file  with  your 
other  letter  for  future  reference. 

I  return  herewith  the  letter  from  the 
Anderson  Chemical  Company. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr. Edison. 

January  18,1915, 

Mr.  Hipley  Hitchcock, 
c/o  Harper  &  Bros. 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Mr.  Hitchcock: 

I  must  ask  you  to  kindly  excuse  delay  in 
my  correspondence  with  you.  My  time  is  so  taken  up 
with  a  thousand  and  one  things  that  it  is  impossible 
for  me  to  give  prompt  attention  to  my  mail. 

How  in  regard  to  the  matter  of  furnishing 
electros  of  the  early  pictures  of  Edison  used  in  the 
books*  I  can  only  say  this,  that  they  applied  to  I Jr. 

Edison  direct  innthe  first  place,  and  he  said  to  let 
them  have  these  pictures  if  convenient. 

I  ought  to  have  been  a  little  more  particular 
in  my  choice  of  words  in  writing  to  them  ae  I  didn't 
intend  for  one  moment  that  they  should  have  the  use  of 
the  photographs  but  only  electros,  if  agreeable  to  you 
abd  on  the  consent  of  the  authors. 

I  would  suggest  that  you  have  the  burden  put 
up  to  the  A.  17. Shaw  Company  by  writing  and  stating  that  you 
will  furnish  the  electros  under  regular  conditions  if 
they  first  obtain  the  consent  of  the  authors.  You  can 
give  them  tho  addresses  of  the  authors  if  you  see  fit. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Asst,  to  Mr.  Edison. 


January  18,1915. 

Mr.  Robert  Work, 

Swarthmore  Prop. School, 

Swarthmore,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir:  v 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  Inst, 
to  Mr.  Mi a on,  he  requests  us  to  say  that  he 
considers  the  Incandescent  Electric  light  System 
his  "biggest"  invention. 

Yours  very  truly, 
Edison  laboratory. 

Jan.  22,  1915. 

Baeuorlo  &  Korrls, 

936  Pront  St., 

-hllndolphia.  Pa. 


I  am  In  tor  os  tod  In  the  evaporation  of  abofto 
125.000  pounds  of  viator  por  day  of  24  hours,  the  viator 
containing  Soda  and  other  salts. 

Please  send  mp  your  catalogue  and  desorlptlve 
natter,  also  table  of  performance  on  different  solutions. 

Yours  very  truly. 

p.  s.  Please  sent  to  try  Assistant,  Ur.  F. ■  H.  Ueadovioroft, 

this  address. 

Jan.  22,  1915. 

Kestner  Evaporator  Co., 

333  Walnut  St., 

Philadelphia,  Fa. 

Gentlemen t- 

I  am  interested  In  the  evaporation  of  about 
125 .000  pounds  of  rater  per  day  of  24  hours,  the  rator  con¬ 
taining  Soda  and  other  salts. 

Please  sedd  me  your  catalogue  and  descriptive 
natter,  also  table  of  performance  on  different  solutions. 

Yonrs  very  truly 

p.  s.  Please  send,  to  my  Assistant,  ~'r.  W.  H.  Meadovioroft, 

this  address. 

Jan.  22,  19 IE 

Bap Id  Evaporator  Co. , 

1174  East  Jefferson  Ave., 

Detroit,  tfloh. 


I  an  Interested  In  the  evaporation  of  about 
1B5.000  pounds  of  eater  per  day  of  24  hourB,  the  eater 
containing  Soda  and  other  salts. 

Flease  send  mo  your  catalogue  and  descriptive 
matter,  also  tablo  of  performance  on  different  solutions. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Please  send  to  W  Assistant,  ttt.  V.  H.  Mnnft, 

at  this  address. 

Feb.  16, 


Mr.  Delos  Holden, 
legal  Dept. 

Dear  Sir:  1 

I  beg  to  aeknowlegde  receipt 
of  your  favor  of  the  13th  in3t. ,  enclosing 
assignment  of  Jerry  Chesler  to  the  Edison 
Storage  Battory  Co.,  applioation  entitled, 
Bower  Transmission  Di vices,  recorded  January 
25th,  1915  in  Diber  H.96,  page  361  of  Transfer 
of  Patent 3. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Feb.  17,  1916. 

Pittsburgh,  Pa. 

Bear  Mr.  Church: 

Allow  me  to  acknowledge 


brution  of  tho  Pounders’  lay  of  the  Carnegie 

I  am  afraid  that  I  shall 

IustSask  you  toV.cept  my  thanks,  but  to  excuse 

lours  very  truly. 

Feb.  17,  1916. 

The  Heller  &  Horz  Co., 
Newark,  H*  J. 


I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt 
of  your  favor  of  the  12th  inst. .  ^  reference 

redia tills d^it°inWnyCGhemiaal  laboratory  and  ^ 

90 $  Benzol. 

fours  very  truly. 

Feb.  17,  1915. 
(Dio . 16th) 

Mr.  Herbert  Saehs-Kirsoh, 
Che  "Astoria," 

Hewark,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  12th  inst.,  which  I  have  laid  before 
Mr.  Edison. 

He  says  the  trouble  is  not 
what  you  think,  but  is  due  to  heavy  sound  waves 
from  the  striking  of  the  felt  hammer,  which  you 
do  not  hear. 

Mr.  Edison  says  he  will  be 
glad  to  see  you  some  day  if  you  wish  to  come  out 
here.  He  will  be  busy  tomorrow j  and  probably 
Thursday,  but  if  you  will  telephone  me  before 
coming,  I  will  let  you  know  whether  it  is  a 
convenient  time. 

Yours  vory  truly. 

Ass't.  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Feb.  17,  1915. 

Dr.  George  Sohoeps, 

206  VI.  122d  St., 

Hew  York  City 

Dear  Doctor: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  es¬ 
teemed  favor  of  the  12th  inst.,  the  contents 
of  which  have  boon  read  with  much  interest.  X 
am  a  believer  in  the  German  people,  but  X  want 
them  to  have  a  Republic. 

Please  accept  my  thanks 
for  your  good  wishes. 

Yours  very  truly, 

March  6,1916. 

Mr.  Maurice  Kahn, 

149  East  14th  Street 
New  York  City. 

Your  favor  of  the  2nd  inst.  has  been  received. 

I  was  not  aware  that  we  had  advertised  for  demonstrators 
for  our  Company  in  Cuba. 


authority  from  us. 

We  know  nothing  of  their  charges  to  any  o^efor 
,  nh+Ain  uositions,  and  when  you  use  the  word 

you  plainly  that  it  is  resented. 


say  in  this  matter. 

Yours  very  truly. 

March  6,  1915. 

Mr.  R.  1.  O'Donnell,  Chairman.P.R.R.  _ 

Executive  Coram.  of  Aesoeiatea  R.R.  of  ?enn.&  R.J. 
721  Commercial  Trust  Building 
Phil a.  Pa. 

I  receivea  your  favor  of  the  2na  instant 
ana  to  he  frank,  thie  seems  to  me  to  he  about  the 
most  impracticable  proposal  to  get  wor-cmcn  to  help 
aefeat  the  law  as  eouia  well  ho  aevisea. 

Why  aon’t  you  put  it  in  language  that 
workmen  oouia  understand?  Show  thatm  that  the 
aaaea  expenses  to  tho  railroad  must  come  on-  of 
the  people  who  work  ana  that  96$  of  the  *n 

the  Unitea  States  are  working  people.  Show  them 
that  the  law  has  proposea.  wouia  give  an  easy  job 
for  a  lot  of  men  who  are  entirely  unnecessary  ana 
who  aon't  like  work  ana  all  this  at  the  expense 
of  those  who  must  work  without  any  special  law 
or  anything  else  to  help  them. 

If  they  want  to  have  thiB  law  changed 
they  can  write  to  any  member  nameii'in  the  hook 
asking  their  opinion  for  or  against  the  law  and 

Tours  very  truly. 

April  83rd.  1915. 

Grey  &  Davis, 

St.  Chart. e 3  Diver, 

Cambridge .  Hass . 


We  are  sending  yon  hy  Express 
to-aay  a  motor  from  ?ir.  Edison’s  Simplex 
machine .  It  has  "gone  had" .  Will  you 
please  replace  this  '.'ith  one  of  your  latest 
no  del,  and  ship  the  same  to  me  at  this 
address,  so  that  it  will  not  go  astray. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 

Aug. 23, 1915 

Mr.  George  Darsie , 
o/o  Mr.  C.  A.  Dahlstrom, 
Ardmore,  Pennsylvania- 

Dear  Sir:- 

~Iq  have  previously  written  to 
your  Pittsburgh  address,  stating  that  we  shall 
be  very  glad  to  take  a  trial  record  of  Mrs. 

Darsie' s  voice  at  our  recording  Department  in 
New  York,  if  she  happens  to  be  in  the  vicinity 
of  that  City  after  ourReoording  Dept,  re-opens 
early  in  Sent.  ’.?hen  such  a  trial  record  is  _ 
made,  it  will  be  sent  over  to  the  Laboratory  lor 
Mr.  Edison  to  pass  upon.  In  order  that  there 
shall  be  no  misunderstanding,  we  desire  to  re- 
neat  what  we  stated  in  our  previous  letter,  namely, 
that  we  do  not  pay  the  expenses  of  singers  ooming 
to  make  trial  records  at  our  Recording  Dept.,  but 
we  are  always  pleased  to  meet  them  as  there  is 
always  room  on  our  Staff  for  Singers  whose  voices 
answer  the  technical  requirements. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Patents  (E-15-63) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
foreign  and  domestic  patent  applications,  assignments,  litigation,  legislation, 
and  other  patent  matters.  Included  are  letters  pertaining  to  the  transfer  of 
Edison’s  electric  light  patents  to  General  Electric.  The  correspondents  include 
longtime  Edison  associate  Edward  H.  Johnson,  George  F.  Morrison  of 
General  Electric,  and  U.S.  Representative  Calvin  D.  Paige. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents,  including  all  items  bearing 
substantive  marginalia  by  Edison,  have  been  selected. 

Mr.  Holdens 

.  Jan.  11,  1915. 

Referring  to  the  talking  machine  named  "Vooalion", 
■being  manufactured,  I  think,  and  at  least  being  sold  by  the  Aeolian 
Company,  would  it  not  be  a  good  idea  to  have  some  of  your  people 
look  over  ofae  of  these  machines  very  carefully  at  the  Aeolian 
Company's  show  rooms,  to  see  if  it  in  any  way  infringes  any  of  our 
patents.  If  necessary  we  can  buy  one  of  their  machines,  but  do 
not  want  to  do  so  unless  you  think  it  necessary. 

CHW/imV  c-  H*  V^. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison,  Chas.  Edison,  Maxwell,  Ireton. 

ijous?  of  1.  §>. 

j  HaalfUtgtmt,  0.  (5. 

Jan.  20,  1915. 

)&.cua  (rv\  ^  ^ 

t,:„~  -t* 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J..  * 

a, j  6  iG^rt.  Co-i.iv', 

My  dear  Sir:-  0  ^  C__ 

I  have  just  hhd  called  to  toy  at  tent  i  op ''what 
purports  to  he  an  authorized  interview,  hy^Xre.presentative 
of  the  Christian  Science  Monitor,  in  which  you  discuss  the 

dye  stuffs  situation,  and  as  I  recently  introduced  in  the 
House  a  hill  to  amend  the  patent  laws,  and  to  relieve  the 
acute  situation  in  which  American  manufacturers  found 
themselves  at  the  opening  of  the  European  war,  and  in  which 
they  find  themselves  today,  it  occurred  to  me  that  possibly 
you  might  he  interested  in  the  same,  and  I  am  herewith 

enclosing  a  copy. 

Hearings  were  held  on  this  bill  before  the  House 
Committee  on  Patents,  last  Wednesday  and  Thursday,  and  there 
will  he  additional  hearings  very  soon,  as  there  are  several 
people  who  are  desirous  of  being  heard  in  favor  of  its 
provisions.  In  view  of  your  utterances  in  the  interview  to 
which  i  have  above  aliudeci  it  occurred  to  me  that  poBBibly 
you  might  like  to  present  your  views  before  the  Committee, 
and  I  beg  to  assure  you  that  it  would  be  a  pleasure  to  me 
to  arrange  a  hearing  before  the  Committee  on  any  date  that 
is  agreeable  to  you.  If  this  is  impossible,  I  should  be 
glad  to  incorporate  in  the  proceedings  any  communication 

you  might  care  to  make.  I  should  much  prefer,  of  course, 
to  have  you  present,  for  I  am  sure  that  anything  you  might 
say  would  have  great  weight  with  the  members  of  the  Committee 
and  there  is  considerable  opposition  to  the  bill,  all  of 
which  appears  to  emanate  from  one  source,  and  that  source 
seems  to  control  many  of  the  newspapers  who  have  commented 
editorially  upon  the  measure. 

Very  truly  yoi 


".sag*  H.  R.  19187. 


October  8, 1914. 

Mr.  Paice  of  Mnssnchusctts  introduced  tho  following  bill;  which  was  referred 
to  tho  Committee  on  Patents  and  ordored  to  bo  printed. 


To  amend  sections  forty-eight  hundred  and  eighty-six  and  forty- 
eight  hundred  and  eighty-seven  of  the  Revised  Statutes, 
relating  to  patents. 

1  Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of  Representa- 

2  tives  of  the  United  States  of  America  in  Congress  assembled, 

3  That  section  forty-eight  hundred  .and  eighty-six  of  the  Re- 

4  vised  Statutes,  as  amended  by  Act  of  Congress  approved 

5  March  third,  eighteen  hundred  and  ninety-seven,  be,  and 

6  the  same  is  hereby,  amended  so  as  to  read  as  follows : 

7  “Seo.  4886.  Any  person  who  has  invented  or  dis- 

8  covered  any  new  and  useful  art,  machine,  manufacture,  or 

9  composition  of  matter,  or  any  new  and  useful  improvement 
10  thereof,  not  known  or  used  by  others  in  this  country  be'fore 


1  Lis  invention  or  discovery  thereof,  and  not  patented  or  do- 

2  scribed  in  any  printed  publication  in  this  or  any  foreign 

3  country  before  his  invention  or  discovery  thereof  or  more 

4  than  two  years  prior  to  his  application,  and  not  in  public 

5  use  or  on  sale  in  this  country,  for  more,  than  two  years  prior 

6  to  his  application,  unless  the  same  is  proved  to  have  been 

7  abandoned,  may,  upon  payment  of  the  fees  required  by  law 

8  and  other  due  proceedings  had  obtain  a  patent  therefor. 

9  Provided,  That  no  patent  shall  be  granted  on  any  applica- 

10  tion  filed  subsequent  to  the  passage  of  this  Act  upon  any 

11  drug,  medicine,  medicinal  chemical,  coal-tar  dyes  or  colors, 

12  or  dyes  obtained  from  alizarin,  anthracene,  carbazol,  and 

13  indigo,  except  in  so  far  as  the  same  relates  to  a  definite 

14  process  for  the  preparation  of  said  drug,  medicine,  medicinal 

15  chemical,  coal-tar  dyes  or  colors,  or  dyes  obtained'  from 

16  alizarin,  anthracene,  carbazol,  and  indigo.” 

17  Sko.  2.  That  section  forty-eight  hundred  and  oighty- 

18  seven  of  the  Revised  Statutes,  as  amended  by  Act  of  Con- 

19  gross  approved  March  third,  eighteen  hundred  and  ninety- 

20  seven,  and  as  further  amended  by  Act  of  Congress  approved 

21  March  third,  nineteen  hundred  and  three,  be,  and  the  same 

22  is  hereby,  amended  so  as  to  read  as  follows: 

23  “  Sko.  4887.  No  person  otherwise  entitled  thereto  shall 

24  be  debarred  from  receiving  a  patent  for  his  invention  or  dis- 

25  covery,  nor _ shall  any  patent  be  declared  invalid;  by  reason 


1  of  its  having. been  first  patented  or  caused  to  be  patented 

2  by  the  inventor  or  his  legal  representatives  or  assigns  in  a 

3  foreign  country,  unless  the  application  for  said  foreign  patent 

4  was  filed  more  than  twelve  months  in  eases  within  the  pro- 

5  visions  of  section  forty-eight  hundred  and  eighty-six  of  the 

6  Revised  Statutes,  and  four  months  in  cases  of  designs,  prior 

7  to  the  filing  of  the  application  in  this  country,  in  which  case 

8  no  patent  shall  be  granted  in  this  country. 

9  “An  application  for  patent  for  an  invention  or  dis- 

10  covery  or  for  a  design,  filed  in  this  country  by  any  person 

11  who  has  previously  regularly  filed  an  application  for  a  patent 

12  for  the  same  invention,  discovery,  or  design  in  a  foreign 

13  country,  which,  by  treaty,  convention,  or  law,  affords  similar 

14  privileges  to  citizens  of  the  United  States,  shall  have  the 

15  same  force  and  effect  as  the  same  application  would  have  if 
16.  filed  in  this  country  on  the  date  on  which  the  application 

17  for  patent  for  the  same  invention,  discovery,  or  design  was 

18  first  filed  in  such  foreign  country:  Provided,  That  the  appli- 

19  cation  in  this,  country  is  filed  within  twelve  months,  in  cases 
20.  within,  the  provisions  of  section  forty-eight  hundred  and 
2,1,  eighty-six  of  the  Revised  Statutes,  and  within  four  months 
,22  in  cases  of  designs,  from  the  earliest  date  on  which  any  such 

23  foreign  application  was  filed.  But  no  patent  shall  be 

24  granted  on  an  application  for  patent  for  an  invention  or  dis- 

25  covery  or  a  design  which  had  been  patented  or  described  in 


1  a  printed  publication  in  this  or  any  foreign  country  more 

2  than  two  years  before  tbe  date  of  the  actual  filing  of  tbe 

3  application  in  this  country,  or  which  bad  been  in  public  use 

4  or  on  sale  in  this  country,  for  more  than  two  years  prior  to 

5  such  filing:  Provided,  however,  That  in  case  any  drug, 

6  medicine,  medicinal  chemical,  coal-tar  dyes  or  colors,  or 

7  dyes  obtained  from  alizarin,  anthracene,  carbazol,  and 

8  indigo,  on  which  a  patent  for  a  definite  process  for  the  prep- 

9  oration  thereof  has  been  granted  on  any  application  filed 

10  subsequent  to  the  passage  of  this  Act,  is  not  manufactured 

11  in  the  United  States  by  or  under  authority-  of  the  patentee, 

12  within  two  years  of  the  granting  of  said  patent,  and  after  the 

13  commencement  of  said  manufacture  the  same  is  not  con- 

14  tinuously  earned  on  in  the  United  States  in  such  a  manner 

15  that  any  persons  desiring  to  use  the  article  may  obtain  it 

16  from  a  manufacturing  establishment  in  the  United  States, 

17  then  said  patentee  shall  have  no  rights  under  the  patent 

18  laws  of  the  United  States  as  against  any  citizen  of  the 

19  United  States  who  may  import  such  drug,  medicine,  me- 

20  dicinal  chemical,  coal-tar  dyes  or  colors,  or  dyes  obtained 

21  from  alizarin,  anthracene,  carbazol,  and  indigo  mto  the 

22  United. States  or  who  may  produce  or  manufacture  the 

23  same  in  the  United  States  or  who  may  handle  for  sale  or 

24  use  such  article  so  imported  or  manufactured.” 


63d2dcos™'}  H.  R.  19187. 


To  nmend  sections  forty-eight  hundred  and 
eighty-six  and  forty-eight  hundred  and 

January '20,  1915. 

Mr.  Edison: 

This  application  (Folio  632), which  has  haon  allowed, 
covers  a  process  of  molding  Oondensite  discs  by  rapidly 
rotating  about  its  axis  a  disc  mold  containing  fluid 
material,  and  causing  said  material  to  harden  by  chemical 
action  during  the  rotation  of  the  mold.  She  application 
originally  contained  article  claims  which  we  were  required 
to  divide  out  by  the  Patent  Office.  She  article  originally 
claimed  in  this  application  is  a  disc  sound  record  formed 
of  final  hardened  phenolic  condensation  product  and  cast  from. 
»  fluid  material.  So  you  wish  a  di vi sional^pplication 
filed  on  this  article?  Up.  Aylsworth  is  of  the  opinion 
this  type  would  not  be  commercial, 
hut  would  be  suitable,  if  at  all,  only  as  a  sub-master. 

He  thinks  that  no  divisional  application  should  be  filed. 


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Mr.  Harry  F.  Miller, 


Dear  Sir: 

orange,  N.J.  January  23,  1915 

X  enclose  herewith  assignment  from  Jerry  Ohesler 
to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  of  foreign  rights  in  his  application  en¬ 
titled  Power  Transmission  Devices,  executed  September  22nd, 
1914.  Kindly  acknowledge  receipt. 

Very  truly  yours, 


General  Counsel 






Foreign  Right  i 


A  S  8  I  8  |  i!  E  II  I 

WHEREAS  X,  JERRY  CHESLER,  a  subject  of  the  Czar 
of  Russia  and  a  resident  of  East  Orange,  Essex  County,  Hew 
Jersey,  have  made  a  oertain  n ew  and  useful  invention  in 
POWER  TRANSMISSION  DEVICES,  for  whioh  I  am  about  to  apply 
for  letters  Eatent  of  the  United  States,  application  papers 
therefor  having  been  executed  by  me  on  even  date  herewith; 

WHEREAS,  THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  a  citizen  of  the  Unitec 
States  and  a  resident  of  Llewellyn  Part,  West  Orange,  Essex 
County,  New  Jersey,  U.S.A.,  desires  to  aoquire  the  entire 
right ,  title  and  interest  whioh  I  now  have  or  may  have  in 
and  to. the  aforesaid  invention  in  any  and  all  countries  for¬ 
eign  to  the  United  States,  and  in  and  to  any  and  all  appli¬ 
cations  whioh  may  be  filed  thereon  and  any  and  all  letters 
Patent  whioh  may  be  granted  therefor  in  any  and  all  coun¬ 
tries  foreign  to  the  United  States; 

and  in  consideration  of  One  Dollar  and  of  other  good  and 
valuable  considerations,  the  reoeipt  whereof  is  hereby  ac¬ 
knowledged,  I  have  assigned,  transferred  and  set  over  and  by 
these  presents  do  assign,  transfer  and  set  over  unto  said 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  his  heirs,  assigns  and  other  legal  repre¬ 
sentatives,  the  entire  right,  title  and  interest  in  and  to 
any  and  all  letters  Patent  of  any  and  all  countries  of  the 
world  foreign  to  the  United  States  whioh  may  be  granted 
therefor,  and  in  and  to  any  and  all  reissues  and  extensions 



of  any  and  all  of  said  Letters  Patent,  and  all  title  and 
rights  of  whateyer  sort  in  and  to  the  said  invention  in 
all  countries  foreign  to  the  United  States,  including  the 
right  to  file  applications  for  Letters  Patent  therefor  in 
all  oountries  foreign  to  the  United  States,  in  the  name  of 
ThomaB  A.  Edison  or  otherwise,  in  the  manner  appropriate  to 
each  suoh  oountry  foreign  to  the  United  States,  all  of  the 
same  to  be  held  and  enjoyed  by  said  Thomas  A.  Edison,  his 
heirs,  assigns  and  other  legal  representatives,  to  the  full 
end  of  the  term  or  terms  for  which  said  Letters  Patent  are 
or  may  be  granted,  reissued  or  extended,  as  fully  and  entirs - 
ly  as  the  same  would  have  been  held  and  enjoyed  by  me  if 
this  assignment  had  not  been  made.  I  hereby  authorize  and 
request  the  Commissioner  of  Patents  of  the  Dominion  of 
Canada  to  issue  any  and  all  Letters  Patent  of  the  Dominion 
of  Canada  whioh  may  be  granted  for  the  said  invention,  to 
said  Thomas  A.  Edison,  his  heirs,  assigns  and  other  legal 
representatives,  in  aooordanoe  with  this  assignment,  and  I 
hereby  covenant  that  I  have  full  right  to  convey  the  inter¬ 
est  herein  assigned  and  that  1  have  not  executed  and  will 
not  exeoute  any  agreement  in  conflict  herewith. 

I  hereby  expressly  oovenant  and  agree  that  when¬ 
ever  said  Thomas  A.  Edison,  his  heirs,  assigns  or  other 
legal  representatives,  advise  me  that  other  or  further  paper b 
are  necessary  to  be  executed  by  me  for  perfecting  the  title 
of  said  Thomas  A.  Edison,  his  heirs,  assigns  and  other 
legal  representatives,  in  and  to  the  aforesaid  rights  in  the 
said  invention,  or  in  and  to  any  Letters  Patent  of  any  coun- 



try  foreign  to  the  United  States  for  the  said  invention, 
and  in  and  to  any  and  all  reissues  and  extensions  thereof, 
or  that  any  suoh  reissues  or  extensions  are  desirable  and 
lawful,  I  will  sign  all  papers,  take  all  rightful  oaths 
and  do  all  necessary  aots  for  perfecting  the  said  title 

and  for  procuring  suoh  reissues  or  extensions. 

IiT  WITNESS  WHEREOF,  I  have  hereunto  signed  my 
name  at  West  Orange,  New  Jersey,  this  2.  Z.  day  of 

September,  1914. 

State  of  New  Jersey  ) 

:  ss.: 

County  of  Essex  ) 

On  this  day  of 

1914,  before  me  personally  appeared  JERKY  CHESIER ,  to  me 
personally  known  and  known  by  me  to  be  the  person  de¬ 
scribed  in  and  who  exeouted  the  foregoing  assignment,  and 
he  acknowledged  to  me  that  he  exeouted  the  same  as  and  for 
the  purposes  therein  set  forth. 


28,  1915. 



Som J tinje  C gTl^aake^Mr .  Holden  to  ^ffiyestlgate 
the  "Vocalion'l  phonbgraph  manufactured  by  tha^eollan  Op.-'' 
to  see  if  it  in  any  way^Sfri-ngad_&ny_.o£-our--pat'en'ts ,  end 
I  attach -Mr.  {Hardy's  report  covering  the  matter  so  far  as  he 
was  able  to  determine  from  a  superficial  and  limited  exami¬ 
nation.  j 

In  view  of  the  two  apparent  infringements  he  men¬ 
tions,  do  jov.  think  it  worth  while  to  take  the  matter  up 
with  the  jfeolian  Company  and,  if  unable  to  obtain  satisfac¬ 
tion,  pr/ceed  against  them  legally;  or,  before  doing  this, 
would  ydx i  think  it  advisable  to  purchase  one  of  their  machines 
in  orddr  to  examine  it  more  thoroughly  so  as  to  determine 
more  definitely  if  any  infringements  of  our  patents  take 
place  in  its  construction? 

CHW/dVAV  .  c.  H.  w. 

bJT  at 

/d  . 


Jarmary  26,  193| 

Mr.  Wilson:- 

In  accordance  with-  the  suggestion  in  your  memo  ran  dn^i 
of  January  11th  addressed  to  Mr.  Holden,  I  called  at  the  show 
rooms  of  the  Aeolian  Company  in  Mew  York  and  looked  over  the 
new  talking  machine  called  the  "Vocalion"  to  ascertain  if  the 
same  infringes  any  patent  or  patents  owned  hy  us.  In  this  con¬ 
nection  there  seem#  to  he  hut  two  features  of  this  machine  which 
need  consideration,  namely,  the  tone  modifying  device,  and  the  con¬ 
nection  between  the  small  end  of  the  horn  and  the  reproducer, 

I  was  able  to  obtain  little  more  than  a  superficial  in¬ 
spection  of  the  "Vocalion",  and  the  attached  sketch  illustrates,  as 
nearly  as  could  be  determined  from  such  an  inspection,  the  construc¬ 
tion  of  the  connection  between  the  horn  and  reproducer.  Referring 
to  this  sketch,  the  horn  1  is  stationary  and  the  small  end  thereof 
is  vertically  disposed  and  extends  through  and  slightly  above  a 
horizontal  partition  2  with  which  the  cabinet  of  the  machine  is 
provided.  An  elbow  tube  3  is  pivotally  mounted  at  one  end  in  the 
small  end  of  the  horn  for  movement  about  a  vertical  axiB.  A  bracket 
4  secured  to  the  partition  and  one  end  thereof  extendB  above  the 
elbow  tube  and. is  provided  with  a  vertical  pin  or  rod  5  on  which 
the  elbow  tube  is  journaled.  I  was  unable  to  ascertain  definitely 
whether  the  rod  5  extends  through  the  elbow  tube  3  and  the  horn,  as 
shown,  or  merely  pivotally  engages  the  elbow  tube  at  the  bend  there¬ 
of,  but  I  believe  the  former  to  be  the  case.  A  horizontally  extend¬ 
ing  non-tapering  sound  tube  6  is  pivotally  mounted  at  one  end  in  the 
end  of  the  horizontal  arm  of  the  elbow  tube  3  for  movement  about  a 
horizontal  axis  7.  At  its  other  end  the  non-tapering  tube  is  tele- 



soopioally  connected  with  the  reproducer  neck  8,  whereby  the  repro¬ 
ducer  9  may  he  turned  about  the  longitudinal  axis  A — A  of  the  tube 
6  into  and  out  of  operative  position.  This  construction  would 
apparently  infringe  claim  8  of  the  patent  to  Baynes,  No.  653,710 
dated  June  36,  1900,  owned  by  us.  This  olaim  is  as  follows :- 

8.  In  a  device  of  the  character  described,  a  tube,  a 
spindle  arranged  axially  therein,  an  elbow  telescoped  with  the 
tube  and  journaled  on  the  spindle,  and  an  arm  pivoted  to  the 
elbow,  substantially  as  described. 

The  tone  modifying  or  regulating  device  of  the  "Vooalion" 
which  is  referred  to  by  the  Aeolian  people  as  the  "Graduola",  con¬ 
sists  of  a  valve  located  in  the  sound  conveyor  adjacent  the  con¬ 
nection  between  the  horn  and  the  sound  conveyor  connecting  the  horn 
and  reproducer.  One  end  of  a  long  flexible  wire  is  connected  to 
the  valve.  This  wire  extends  to  the  exterior  of  the  cabinet  and 
is  enclosed  in  a  long  flexible  tube.  The  outer  end  of  the  wire 
is  provided  with  a  plunger  which  is  disposed  in  a  hollow  casing  or 
cylinder  provided  at  the  outer  end  of  the  flexible  tube.  This 
casing  is  adapted  to  be  grasped  by  one  hand  of  the  operator  and 
the  piston  is  adapted  to  be  moved  in  such  caBing  by  the  other  hand 
of  the  operator  to  thereby  move  the  wire  longitudinally  in  the  tube 
so  as  to  adjust  the  position  of  the  valve  and  modify  the  tone.  In 
the  case  of  the  higher  priced,  machines ,  the  tone  modifying  valve, 
in  addition  to  being  adjustable  by  means  of  the  construction  jijst 
described,  is  also  controllable  by  means  of  a  short  vertical  rod 
rotatably  mounted  in  the  horizontal  partition  with  which  the  cabinet 
of  the  machine  is  provided.  This  rod  is  also  connected  to  the  valve 



"by  means  of  a  flexible  wire  and  in  such  a  manner  that  the  turning 
.of  the  roa  will  effect  the  adjustment  of  the  valve.  X  was  unahle 
to  obtain  access  to  the  enclosed  mechanism  of  the  "Vooalion",  and 
consequently  had  to  rely  upon  the  statements  of  the  salesman  with 
respect  to  the  use  ana  location  of  the  valve  and  the  flexible  con¬ 
nection  between  such  valve  and  the  rotatable  rod  mounted  in  the 
horizontal  partition. 

A  tone  modifying  device  constructed  as  described  above 
would  appear  to  infringe  claim  6  of  Edison  patent  Ho.  1,110,388, 
dated  September  15,  1914.  This  claim  is  as  follows 

6.  In  combination,  a  sound  conveyor,  a  sound  modifier 
mounted  within  said  conveyor,  ana  means  *  J 

member  ana  a  flexible  member  to  oonnect  nt 

member  and  modifier  for  moving  saia  modifier  ^todifferent 
positions  in  said  conveyor,  substantially  as  described. 

Copies  of  the  patents  above  referred  to 






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Construction  rmfiloyed  in 

YqC  AL\  0  N- 

Jane  10  th.  1915. 

Mr.  Edward  H.  Johnson, 

20  Broad  f/treet, 

liew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Johnson: 

She  law  firm  of  Cabell  &  Gilrin  has  written  Mr. 
Edison  that  they  have  interviewed  you  in  regard  to  getting  cer¬ 
tain  information  concerning  the  infringement  of  certain  phono¬ 
graph  patents.  They  have  written  to  him  saying  that  you  told 
them  you  did  not  oare  to  discuss  the  matter  unless  you  had  hiB 
permission  to  do  so.  Mr.  Edison  says  he  would  rather  that  you 
did  not  furnish  them  with  information,  fhey  represent  the  "Paro- 
lograph.  It  is  hacked  by  a  German  concern  that  wants  to  break 
into  the  Amerioan  business.' 

Please  do  not  say  tfiat  he  wrote  you  on  the  sub¬ 


Yours  very  truly,. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Juno  XI,  1915 

Mr.  Headoworoft:- 

Tho  application  referred  to  in  the  attached  memorandum 
from  Mr.  Edison  and  which  is  to  be  offered  to  the  General  Eleo- 
trio  Company  is  for  Filaments  for  Inoandeeoent  Eleotrio  lamps, 
hears  Serial  Mo.  376,619,  was  filed  May  31,  1907,  and  allowed 
May  28,  1915.  The  final  fee  is  due  on  or  before  November  28, 
1916.  The  claims  allowed  read  as  follows :- 

1.  Hie  process  of  forming  a  film  for  an  incandescent 
lamu  filament  or  filaments,  which  consists  in  vaporising 
tungsten  by  an  eleotrio  discharge  in  vacuo ,  and  depositing 
tho  same  on  a  surface  in  the  path  of  the  discharge,  sub¬ 
stantially  as  set  forth. 

2.  The  process  of  forming  a  film  for  an  incandescent 
lamp  filament  or  filaments,  which  consists  m  J&PO^ing 
tungsten  by  an  eleotrio  discharge  invaouo,  and  depositing 
the  same  on  a  revolving  surface  in  the  path  of  the  dis¬ 
charge,  substantially  as  set  forth. 

3.  The  process  of  forming  a  film  for  an  incandescent 
lamp  filament  or  filaments,  whiohoonslsts . invaporiaing  a 
difficultly  fusible  metal  by  an  electric  discharge in 
vacuo,  depositing  the  same  on  a  surface  in  the  path  of  the 
discharge,  and  separating  the  film  thus  formed  from  the 
surface,  substantially  as  Bet  forth. 

4.  The  process  of  forming  a  film  £°r  an  incandescent 
lamp  filament  or  filaments,  which  consists  in  vaporising  a 
diffidultly  fusible  metal  by  an  eleotrio  discharge  in 
vacuo ,  depositing  the  same  on  a  revolving  surface Us  formed 
paWof  the  discharge,  and  separating  the  film  thus  formed 
from  the  surface,  substantially  as  set  forth# 

g.  The  process  of  forming  a  film  for  an  incandescent 
lamp  filament  or  filamontB,  which  consists  in the 
tungsten  by  on  electric  discharge  in  vacuo,  depositing  the 
eamo  on  a  surface  in  the  path  of  the  ^f^rge,  and  separ¬ 
ating  the  film  thus  formed  from  the  surface,  substantially 
as  sot  forth. 

6.  The  process  of  forming  a  film  for  “J^ndfsoent 
lamp  filament  or  filaments,  whioh  consists  in J®£°rizing 
tungsten  by  an  electric  discharge  in  vaou°» 
same  on  a  devolving  eurfaoe  in  the  paWoT  the  discharge, 
and  separating  the  film  thus  formed  from  the  surface,  sub¬ 
stantially  as  set  forth. 


7.  The  process  of  forming  a  film  for  an  incandescent 
lamp  filament  or  filaments,  which  consists  in  forming  elec¬ 
trodes  by  subjecting  a  difficultly  fusible  metallic  powder 

to  compression  sufficient  to  effect  cohesion  of  the  particles, 
•vaporising  the  metallic  powder  by  an  electric  glow  discharge 
between  the  electrodes ,  depositing  the  metal  in  a  tnin  film 
on  a  receiving  surface  in  the  path  of  the  discharge,  and 
separating  the  film  thus  formed  from  the  surface,  substan¬ 
tially  as  set  forth, 

8.  The  process  of  forming  a  film  for  an  incandescent 
lama  filament  or  filaments,  which  consists  in  forming  elec¬ 
trodes  by  subjecting  substantially  pure  metallic  tungsten 

to  compression  sufficient  to  effect  cohesion  of  the  particles, 
vaporizing  the  tungsten  by  an  eleotrio  glow  discharge  between 
the  electrodes,  and  depositing  the  same  in  a  thin  film  on  a 
receiving  surface  in  the  path  of  the  discharge,  substantial¬ 
ly  as  set  forth, 

9.  The  process  of  forming  filaments  for  incandescent 
lamps,  which  consists  in  vaporizing  a  difficultly  fuspi0 
metal  by  an  electric  discharge  in  vaouo ,  depositing  the 
same  in  a  thin  homogeneous  film  on  a  receiving  surface  in 
the  path  of  the  discharge,  separating  the  film  from  the 
surface,  cutting. the  film  into  Btrips  of  suitable  width, 
rolling  the  strips  over  cores  to  form  hollow  tubes,  and 
removing  the  cores,  substantially  as  set  forth. 

10.  The  process  of  forming  a  filament  for  inoandesoent 
lamps,  which  consists  in  forming. a  thin  homogeneous  film 

of  a  difficultly  fusible  metal  by  high  tension  ele°trio 
deposition  in  vacuo,  rolling  the  proper  width  of  the  film 
over  a  suitaEle  core  to  form  a  hollow  tube  of  minute  cross- 
sectional  area,  and  bonding  the  same  into  the  form  of  a 
filament,  substantially  as  set  forth, 

11.  An  electric  lamp  filament  formed  of  a  thin, 
homogeneous ,  coherent  film  of  pure  tungsten  deposited 
from  a  vaporized  condition,  substantially  as  described. 

This  will  probably  give  the  General  Electric  Company 
sufficient  information  as  to  tho  application.  We  shall,  of 
course,  he  glad  to  furnish  them  with  further  information  if  they 
are  interested. 





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Thomas  A.  Edison,  esq.  I  .  i  j  w 

...» p*  ..... 

Bear  Sir:-  da^Xt,  fe«XCX  a^rtr^/ 

I  beg  to  refer  to  a  matter  that  is  Some  thirty  years  Aid.  It  appears 
that  your  patent  No;  231704  refers  to  a  CHEMICAJ.  receiver  (telephone)  whi/i 
you  state  is  described  in  your  Application  No,  176.  Unfortunately  l/annot 
trace  this  description  further,  even  with  the  help  of  the  Patent  Office,  from 
this  reference.  I  am  therefore  asking  you  for  such  specific  information 
as  will  enable  the  information  to  be  on  record.  / 

(1)  What  are  the  elements  of  this  telephone  receiver?/ 

<B)  What  is  the  principle  of  operation  ?  / 

(fl)  Wcflild  you  permit  me  to  publish  this  information  in  Telephony  or 
other  telephone  .lournal,  and  with  this  in/ind,  would  you  make 
the  answer  such  that  it  will  be  complete  in  itself  and  need  no 
reference  to  this  letter,  and  such^thBt  it  will  especially 
interesting  to  the  telephone  profession  ? 

As  far  as  I  am  aware  this  1b  thyinly  telephone  receiver  on  record 
making  use  of  fluid  chemical  means  sir  the  medium  of  operation.  The 
reference  to  the  same  will  be  mad/ in  an  article  somewhat  similar  to  mine 
of  May  9.  1914.  in  Telephonyy^ 

With  best  wishes,  tiythe  world’s  most  celebrated  inventor.  I  am. 

/  Yours  verjt  truly. 

Ootoher  14,  1916 

Mr,  Meadoworoft 

1  hand  you  herewith  the  executed  oopy  of  the  assignment 
from  Mr.  Edison  to  the  General  Eleotric  Company  of  Mr.  Edison's 
application  Serial  Bo.  376/519  for  Filaments  for  Incandescent 
Eleotrio  lamps.  !Dhis  assignment  is  ready  to  he  delivered  to 
the  General  Eleotrio  Company,  and  I  presume  you  will  sena  it  to 
Mr,  Morrison,  with  whom  you  have  had  correspondence  relating’to 
this  matter.  I  also  send  you  a  oopy  of  the  assignment  for  Mr. 
Edison's  personal  files. 

I  presume  Mr.  Morrison  will  sena  this  assignment  to  the 
Eatent  Department  of  the  General  Eleotric  Company  ana  they  will 
attend  to  paying  the  final  fee.  We  should  he  glad  to  he  ad¬ 
vised  of  the  receipt  of  this  assignment  hy  the  General  Eleotrio 
Company  and  what  is  to  he  done  regarding  the  payment  of  the 
final . fee . 


MOV.  19  th.  1915. 

Mr.  George  F.  Morrison, 

<(l  Edison  lamp  V.orks , 

General  Electric  Company, 

Harrison,  M.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Morrison: 

Mr.  Edison  has  still  another  ap¬ 
plication  on  filaments  for  incandescent  lamps, 
which  he  is  wiiling  to  transfer  to  the  General 
Electric  Company  if  they  care  to  take  it  and  pay 
the  application  and  final  feeB. 

Herewith  1  hand  you  a  statement 
of  tho  claims  and  also  of  the  present  Btatus  of 
the  application. 

As  action  must  be  taken  before 
the  26th  of  December,  I  would  suggest  that  you 
kindly  tako  this  matter  up  at  your  early  conven¬ 

Yours  very  truly. 




November  15,  1915 


Jt»’V  t 



Mr.  Meadoworofts-  (y 

Re  application  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  *r  Filaments  f°: r  In¬ 
candescent  lamps,  filed  Nov.  30,  1907,  Serial  No. 


Mr.  Edison  has  instructed  me  to  offer  the  above  appli¬ 
cation  to  the  General  Eleotric  Company  on  condition  that  they 
shall  assume  all  further  expenses  in  its  prosecution  and  pay  the 
final  fee.  The  application  contains  the  following  claims :- 

1.  A  filament  for  incandescent  lamps,  containing 
an  aggregate  of  small  leaflets  of  natural  crystallized  flake- 
graphite,  substantially  as  described. 

2  A  filament  for  incandescent  lamps,  comprising 
an  aggregate  of  suitable  binding  material  and  small  leaflets 
of  natural  crystallized  flake  graphite,  substantially  as  de¬ 

3  A  filament  for  incandescent  lamps,  comprising 
aluminum  oxid  and  small  particles  of  natural  flake  graphite, 
substantially  as  described. 

4.  A  filament  for  incandesoent  lamps,  comprising 
an  aggregate  of  aluminum  oxid  and  small  leaflets  of  natural 
flake  graphite,  substantially  as  described. 

5.  The  process  of  making  filaments  for  incandescent 


6.  The  process  of  making  filaments  for  incandescent 

substantially  as  described. 



7.  The  process  of  making  filaments  for  inoandesoent 
lamps,  which  consists  in  mixing  a  hinder  with  a  mass  of  cleaned 
natural  crystallized  flake  graphite  in  the  form  of  extremely 
small  leaflets,  forming  this  mixture  into  filaments  and  baking 
the  filaments  so  formed,  substantially  as  described. 

8.  The  process  of  making  filaments  for  inoandesoent 
lamps,  which  consists  in  grinding  cleaned,  natural,  crystallized 
graphite  in  the  presence  of  a  stioky  material  so  as  to  separate 
the  flakes  of  graphite  into  their  individual  leaves  or  laminae, 
washing  out  the  stioky  material,  separating  out  the  finer  and 
lighter  particles  of  flake  graphite,  mixing  the  finer  and  light¬ 
er  particles  separated  out.  with  a  binder,  forming  the  mixture 
into  filaments,  and  finally  baking  the  filaments,  substantially 
as  described. 

Claims  3  and  4  have  been  allowed. 

Claims  1,  2,  5,  6,  7  and  8  were  finally  rejected  December 
26,  1914.  The  principal  references  are  as  follows :- 

British  patent  Mo.  1122  of  1879 
Edison  patent  Mo.  263,145,  August  22,  1882 
Krom  patent  Ho.  780,297,  January  17,  1906 
Aoheson  patent  Mo.  875,881,  January  7,  1908 
British  patent  10,815  of  1899. 

If  the  General  Electric  Company  wants  this  application, 
Mr.  Edison  will  assign  the  same  to  it,  and  the  General  Eleotrio 
Company  may  then  cancel  the  rejected  claims  and  take  out  the  pat¬ 
ent  with  the  olaims  allowed,  or,  if  it  thinks  proper,  take  an 
appeal  on  the  rejected  claims. 

The  application  formerly  contained  the  following  olaim:- 

7.  The  process  of  preparing  graphite  for  use  in  the 
manufacture  of  inoandesoent  lamp  filamentB,  which  consists  in 
removing  silicates,  iron  and  other  impurities  by  treating  the 
graphite  with  heated  caustic  alkali  and  hydrochloric  aoid  and 
washing  it,  grinding  in  the  presence  of  a  Btioky  material,  and 
then  washing  out  the  latter,  substantially  as  set  forth. 



Thia  claim  was  oanoeled  in  reaponae  to  a  requirement  of  division 
ly  the  Office,  and  may  he  made  the  subject  matter  of  a  diviaional 
oaae  if  the  General  Electric  Company  deairea  to  do  so. 

X  am  sending  you  an  extra  oopy  of  this  memorandum  in 
order  that  you  may  send  it  to  Mr.  Morrison  with  your  letter 
offering  the  application  to  the  General  Electric  Company. 

Inasmuch  as  whatever  action  is  to  he  taken  must  he 
taken  prior  to  the  26th  of  Deoemher,  it  is  desirable  that  this 
matter  should  he  attended  to  promptly. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Personal  (E-15-64) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  friends  and  acquaintances.  Among  the  correspondents  for  1 91 5  are 
General  Electric  executive  Charles  A.  Coffin,  cartoonist  Bud  Fisher,  inventor 
Hiram  S.  Maxim,  German  industrialist  Emil  Rathenau,  and  longtime  Edison 
associates  William  K.  L.  Dickson,  Etienne  de  Fodor,  Samuel  Insull,  and 
Edward  H.  Johnson.  The  correspondence  with  Dickson,  Fodor,  and  Rathenau 
includes  references  to  the  war  and  to  conditions  in  Great  Britain,  Hungary, 
and  Germany. 

Approximately  60  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
material  not  selected  consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence  and 
other  routine  items. 

Tr<o4^r,'- 1  ^ 


January  8th  1915 

Thos.  A.  Edison  Esq., 

Menlo  Park, 

Hew  Jersey,  U.S.A. 

My  dear  Edison: - 

'  I  have  received  your  signed  photograph 
and  I  must  thank  you  very  much  for  sending  it  to  me . 

It  is  doubtful  if  you  oould  have  presented  it  to 
anyone  in  England  who  would  have  thought  more  of  it . 

I  have  already  had  it  framed  and  when  Lady  Maxim 
returns  from  the  seaside  it  will  occupy  the  place  of 
honour  in  our  household  . 

Thanking  you  again  and  with  heBt 
wishes  for  the  year  that  we  have  just  entered. 

p  S.  I  am  sending  you  one  of  the  latest  photographs 
of  myself.  You  will  observe  that  I  have  ray  war  paint 


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‘fyjiiZTt  i  c<-<i  ~  •  fc‘Cc,<ytr, 

Thomas  A.  B  A  i  0  o  n  Bag., 

Orange  H.Y. 

dear  Edison, 

'  I  tuxvo  been  very  pleased  to  receive  from 

you  a  sign  of  life  after  such,  a  long  tine,  and  I  liopo 
that  the  vestiges  of  the  conflagration  have  now  entirely 
disappeared.  In  appreciation  of  your  energy  I  en  convinced 
that  the  new  works  will  rise  hotter  as  the  former  ones, 
nim  a  phoenix  from  the  ush. 

I  recollect  with  much  pleasure  our  only  too 
short  necting  during  your  laBt  stay  in  Germany  und  I 
regret  that  so  far  we  have  not  yet  entered  into  uny 
business  relation,  altliough  Germany  is  a  territory  where 
mny  of  your  inventions  could  he  advantagoously  realised. 
If,  for  instance,  we  would  have  taken  up  the  construction 
of  talking  machines  ftc.  1  an  convinced  that  it  would  havo 
resulted  in  a  groat  profit  to  you.  I  remember  some  further 

inventions  which,  ainoo  1  havo  seen  your  laboratory  and 


your  work  shops  about  ten  years  ago,  doubtlessly  have 
still  been  increased  and  further  improved. 

The  confidence  that  Germany  will  be 
victorious  in  the  present  war  has  convinced  our  nation 
so  universally  that  no  other  opinion  could  come  up.  T/e 
have  no  idea  how  long  waT  w111  oti11  laBt^  wa  axe' 
however,  of  the  opinion  that  even  in  case  of  a  long  war 
wo  will  have  nothing  to  suffer.  He  have  still  about 
30  000  employees  in  our  works,  and  wo  expect  a  great 
prosperity  after  peace  has  come.  V7e  cannot  yet  very 
well  estimate  how  the  terms  of  peace  will  be,  and  wo 
further  do  not  kno?/  at  present  whether  and  what  indera  - 
nities  and  contributions  we  may  reckon  upon.  I  consider 
thiB  question  of  minor  importance  and  according  to  my 
opinion  it  iB  much  more  of  importance  that  we  could 
establish  new  commercial  relations  with  our  neighbours. 

The  great  sympathy  which  I  have  always  had 
with  your  country  people  has  been  badly  influenced 
through  their  conduct,  and  every  honestly  thinking 
American  should  care  for  that  we  axe  not  troatened 
different  than  our  enemies,  who  have  been  supported 

with  arms  and  money. 

I  have  had  a  serious  time  with  regard  to  the 
state  of  my  health  as  mentioned  hy  you,  and  even  if  I 
have  still  to  complain  from  time  to  time  it  would  he 
ungrateful  against  ray  fate  if  I  would  not  admit  that 
it  has  greatly  improved  since  a  few  years. 

I  hope  that  you  are  well  and  I  should  he 
only  too  pleased  to  have  soon  again  a  chance  to  shake 
hands  'with  you. 

Please,  accept  my  most  cordial  greetings 
for  you  and  your  family  from  both  of  us,  my  wife  and 
me  and 

Believe  me,  Dear  Edison, 

Yours  very  truly 
gez.  Dr.  E.  Bathe nau  . 

1  'f (.-icCx-4. 

bt>yo„r*;„',  „  <&ppw<r.n 

VU.KMINCZY-UTCZA  19.  f  ftU'^  fl  tHAnj 

%JLrf  *f  Jr—,  It  ^  fc**4  ^ 

c  U~  t ** 

to-day  your  and  MrsTEdisoir  s  lcind  grs* 

ti  cfcxr  ^ 

*’  «,  C^1 

U*X<*  'Y~tnM'  (  1 

Just  a  few  lines  to  inform  .you  that  I  have  received 
%  fir.  C  ^  'VlMili  vrmM~  SJtiFtHf**  Utl-i-vv 

to-day  your  and  MrsTEdlson** 3  kind  greasings  fojvJjhnistmaS  and  the  New^ear^ 

.1  acknowledge  the  Sami' ^csj^^ha^wmen  ie!^^^t^^t^eMeJAmer^,| 
loan;  friends  and  'J^iB  11“ceB  me 

think  that  my  letters' 'were  sefzett.  and  ^jral^sa^to  pSs  al^)\.igh  other 
letters  and.  the  Electrical  World  arrive  regularly,  v  am  thus  anxious  to 
Imow  if  this  letter  r^nhas^you.  Xjri^ fi^^rjiien|ion  $hat  u^toJsi^..U£e 
here  in  Budapest  is  pretty  nearly^ as  us|ial , and  that^zia^'hava  in  no  way  felt 
.any  of  the  effects  of  the  dreadful  war  that  is  x'agKJg  'on  here  in  Europe. 
Hoping  that  this  letter  will  reach  you  and  your  .family  enjoying  good  health, 
and  with  my  hast  and  kindest  regards  to  all, I  remain. 

thinlc  that  my  letters'were  seJLzetL  and  rj 
ChY-t  VMM  «v*t wt  ■< 
letters  and.  the  Electrical  World  arrive 

Imow  if  this  letter  reaches  you.  X-inay 

Yours  sincerely, 

Nun  B.J.ixijsky/ 

DMxvKii  \jre-bruary  9,  1915 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange , 

Hew  Jersey. 

7  U 
*  <V 


My  dear  Hr.  Edison:  ^ 

Mrs.  Isa  Maud  Ilsen  has  recently-bcen-ln 
Denver,  giving  the  most  wonderful  lectures  on  your 
work  and  you.  Here  at  the  children's  court,  more 
than  one  hundred  of  our  so-oalled  "had"  hoys  heard 
her  talk  recently  and  nothing  in  the  history  of  the 

court  was  so  inspiring  and  helpful. 

Th d)L  one  hun¬ 

dred  hoys  have  records  for  being  square  that  are 
perhaps  unequalled  hy  any  other  one  hundred  hoys 
in  Denver.  We  have  a  "talk"  for  them  once  a  month 
^Tthe  most  popular  subject  is  what  you  are  doing 
and  what  you  have  done.  At  our  last  meeting  they 
unanimously  expressed  their  desire  to  extend  to  you 
their  sympathy  on  account  of  the  recent  fire  and 
their  enthusiastic  congratulation  on  your  birthday 
and  that  you  might  continue  to  live  on  and  on  as 
one  little  kid  said,  "until  all  of  them  could  have 
a  flying  machine  and  they  would  not  have  to  go  to 
school  any  more  -  and  then  some."  I  am  juBt  as  en¬ 
thusiastic  as  ever  about  the  use  of  concrete  stories, 
plays  and  illustrations  for  teaching  children  and  I 
hope  to  see  the  time  come  when  it  will  be  considered 
just  as  cruel  to  keep  a  child  under  twelve  pinned 
down  to  a  desk  with  his  head  in  a  book  in  the  stuffy, 

-  2  - 

\  f  \ 

unsanitary  rooms  in  which  most  of  them  have  to  study 
as  it  is  to  keep  them  behind  iron  bars.  We  have 
about  succeeded  in  abolishing  the  jail  for  children 
in  thiB  country.  I  hope  now  that  with  the  help  of 
the  big  things  you  have  done  and  are  doing,  we  may 
someday  abolish  the  "school." 

My  very. kindest  regards  to  Mrs.  Edison 
and  Theodore  and  with  all  the  .good  wishes  for  all 
the  years  the  good  lord  can  be  induced  to  spare  you, 

Sincerely  yours, 

/p.  S.  I  am  sending  a  little  pamphlet,  under  sep- 
/  arate  cover,  that  I  can  hardly  hope  you  tfSrrhave 
I  time  to  read  but  I  trust  Mrs.  Edison  will.  We  have 
gained  some  great  victories  since  I  saw  you  last 
1  and  the  best  years  work  in  the  history  of  the  court 
s  was  that  of  last  year. 



7'3iaU/*^r  4C~- 

~7ti7t^=>  "tyr 

_  AC^t^ryf,. 

_  't-t-^. 

eet^.  <f^Uy  Z?Z^  SZPu^. 

^zrzztuL  /zt^s- 

<&y?^  "  4?-^- 

14  \v 

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/  ? /<s~-0  z'-/r 

(L^wirurJ  <S$  (Qc/c&wiy 

l tycas/tae/iyJyK  Eeb.  iath.  1915. 

Mr.  Etienne  de  Eodor, 

Budapest i  Altalanos  Villamossagi  P.essvenytarsasag, 
Vll,  kaaincsy-Utcaa  19, 

Budapest,  Hungary. 

I  have  received  your  esteemed  favor  < 
ultimo,  and  am  pleased  to  learn  that  Budapest  has  tv 

seriously  affected  by  the  i 

We  prohahly  receive  i 

in  .the  United  States  from  everywhere  else  than  any  other 

one.  She  Germans  are  certainly  a  wonderful  people,  and  I  guess 
that  it  will  he  only  for  lack  of  food  if. .they  are  obliged  to 
give  in, 

I  am  glad  to  say  that  ray  family  and  1  are  all 
enjoying  good  health,  and  all  wish  to  he  most  kindly  remembered 
to  you.  I  have  been  having  the  time  of  my  young  life  since  our 
big  fire  at  the  plant  here  in  December.  We  started  in  to  manu¬ 
facture  again  twenty- two  days  after  the  fire.  "s\s 

Give  m  love  to  aehl.  Is  there  anything  I  can 

•  Yours 

//  {^$rva  (/ii/ay 


May  4th  i  1915 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

Ab  X  took  the  liberty  of  linking  you  it  with  Noah  in 
address  I  made  before  the  Southern  Commercial  Congreee  last  week  I  enoloso 
herewith  copy  of  what  X  eaid  in  case  you  care  to  look  it 
Hope  you  aw  very  very  well. 

With  beet  regards,  I  a 

Sincerely  youre, 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Valley  Road, 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 

I  am  sorry  to  bo  away  from 
!'oV;  york  on  the  day  of  the  tastimonial 
and  presentation  to  you;  for  there  is 
no  man  vn’O’S  v/e  3liould  all  more  dolight 
to  honor  and  u3  often  as  wo  get  a 
chance,  as  your  :ork  is  perpetual  and 
of  everlasting  value  so  long  as  thia 
world  continues  in  operation  so  your 
honor  should  be  porpotual.  Please 
receive  this  as  o  tribute  of  an  absonteo 
r  it, 

Vory  truly  yours, 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Care  Edison's  Laboratory, 
Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Edison: 

I  have  sent  you  a  volume  of  speeohes  and 
other  matters  of  some  interest  to  me  entitled  "Central- 
Station  Electric  Service."  I  have  addressed  it  to  you 
at  your  Laboratory,  thinking  you  might  want  to  put  the 
volume  in  your  library  at  the  Laboratory.  I  have  also 
sent  another  copy  to  Mrs.  Edison,  addressed  to  her  at  the 

house,  thinking  that  she  might  like  to  look  over  the 
volume  and  when  she  is  through  With  it  put  it  in  your 

library  at  the  house. 

Tours  truly. 

Uy  deer  Ur*  Edison; 

It  is  with  deep  sorrow  and  regret 

I  have  to  advise  yon  that  my  brother,  Mr. 
Charles  Edward  Chinnoofc,  died  this  morning. 

jiy  respectfully  yc 


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Juno  17,  191E 

Ehoraos  A.  Sdison,  I2sq. , 

Orange,  H.  J. 
ay  dear  Ur,  Hdison: 

Ike  notos  which  w 
response  to  iny  request  for  a  communication  from  you  as  to 
what  electricity  1b,  which  was  the  basis  of  my  talk  before  a 
boys’  club,  are  so  clever  and  altogether  so  fine  that  I  shoulfl 
like  to  have  your  permiesfon  to  print  them  in  a  little  pamphlet 
for  quiet  distribution  among  my  friends--  bankers  and  others-- 
who  have  been  from  time  to  time  much  interested  when  rrepfl- 
your  notes  to  them_.  .. 

1  make  the  request  at  the  instance  of  a  hanking 
house  which  wants  to  use  the  notes  for  the  entertainment  ana 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Care  Edison's  laboratory, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Edison: 

I  am  very  much  obliged  to  you  for  your 
personal  and  confidential  note.  I  am  going  to 
take  the  liberty  of  communicating  with  some  of  my 
friends  in  London,  who  are  close  to  the  authorities, 
about  the  matter.  I  presume  you  will  have  no 
objection  to  my  taking  this  course  and  that  I  can  use 
your  name  in  confidence.  If  you  have  any  objection, 

would  you  please  telegraph  me  on  receipt  of  this  letter. 
I  am  inclined  to  think  that  I  shall  communicate  with 
Mr.  Lloyd  George  direct. 


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June  23rd..  1915 

Samuel  Insull,  BBq., 

120  West  A  dans  Street, 

Chioago,  HI. 

My  dear  Insull: 

I  have  received  youra  of  the  18th 
instant,  and  would  say  that  there  are  no  objec¬ 
tions  ton  my  part.  You  had  better  go  to  Lloyd 
George  direct.  The  result  of  my  observations  is 
that  most  everything  is  bought  indirectly  so  that 
somebody  eets  graft. 


Yours  very  truly. 

*  ()&r  ifi- 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

f  $  * 

451  Summit  Avenue, 
^Mjedlands,  California, 

August  10,  1915. 

Plain  villa,  H.  J. 


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My  dear  Sir: — 

I  trust  you  will  pardon  me  for  trespassing  upon 
your  most  valua'ole  time.  I  take  this  liberty  for  you  and 
I  married  the  two  sweetest  women  Akron  ever  produced.  Mrs 
Edison  will  remember  Mrs. Hatch;  she  was  Nettie  E.  Collins. 

Last  week  1  invited  our  washer-woman  with  her  four 
children  seven  to  thirteen  years  of  age,  for  a  picnic.  They 
decided  the  place,  -her  husband's  ranch  ten  miles  up  in  tne 
mountains.  He  a  thrifty  Swede  is  trying  to  pay  for  same 
and  his  wife  is  in  the  city  as  there  are  no  schools  there 
near  enough  for  the  children  to  attend.  The  roads  were 
very  rough.  I  had  left  my  chauffeur  at  home.  Ox  course 
had  tire  trouble  with  both  in  the  rear  and  I  had  my  first 
experience  on  the  job.  After  an  hour  on  each,  proceeded. 
Well,  after  our  lunch  under  the  pepper  trees,  one  of  the 
girls,  12  years  old,  said  she  had  an  essay  to  read  that 
had  taken  the  first  prize  in  the  city  school. 

It  waB  an  autobiography  of  yourself  beginning 
from  the  day  you  were  born  up  to  the  present  time:  in  all, 
six  pages,  and  I  can  truthfully  say,  from  the  language  used 
and  its  composition,  it  was  the  most  complete  sketch  I  have 
ever  heard.*  It  would  have  been  a  credit  to  a  Yale  graduate. 

When  through,  she  folded  it  up  and  crossed  her 
hands  and  said: 

"My  friends,  the  American  people  think  Mr. Edison 
a  greater  man  than  the  German  Kaiser." 

Well,  1  could  have  hugged  her,  so  simple  and  truth¬ 

Such  little  things  as  these  speed  the  blood  through 
our  veins  more  vigorously,  for  most  of  the  great  and  good 
things  are  told  after  we  have  passed  to  the  great  beyond. 

Most  sincerely, 


AuguBt  17th.  1915. 

Hr.  K.  I.  Dioteon, 

115  Oakhill  Boad, 

London-,  S.  ff., 

"ngland . 

My  dear  Hr.  Dickdon: 

57a  ought  to  have  hers  as  part 
of  tha  files  of  ilr.  Kdison's  library  a  copy 
of  your  "Ufa  of  "dison".  I  do  not  know  tha 
name  of  tho  publisher,  nr  X  would  apply  there. 

Perhaps  you  could  pick  up  for 
me  a  now  or  second  hand  copy  of  the  book.  If  ' 
bo ,  I  shall  asteom  it  a  favor  if  yon  will  kind¬ 
ly  do  ao,  and  send  tho  same  over  to  mo  with  a 
memorandum  of  tho  coat,  which  will  bo  promptly 

I  trust  that  yon  are  wall  and 
that  this  droadful  war  has  not  seriously  affected 
your  fortunes. 

With  kindest  regards  and  all  good 
wishes,  1  remain. 

Yours  vary  truly. 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


Eew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  am  greatly,  flattered  with  your  request  for  copies 
cf  "i.'utt  and  Jeff"  cartoon  hooks.  I  will  do  myself  the  honor 
of  autographing  and  mailing  to  you,  under  separate  cover,  copys 
of  the  hooks  I  have- out.  X  shall  continue  to  send  them  to  you 
each  year  as  a  new  one  is  published.  , 

Very  sincerely  yours, 


Mr.  Edward  H.  Johnson, 

8  West  40th  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Bear  Mr.  Johnson: 

I  received  yours  of  the  31st  ultimo  and 
was  auite  struck  hy  the  title  of  the  hook  you  are  writ¬ 
ing  .'  Prom  your  description,  it  is  oortainly  going 
to  he  an  interesting  volume,  and  1  shall  look  forward 
to  its  issue  with  a  great  deal  of  interest. 

Of  oourse,  I  am  quite  willing  to  he  of 
suoh  assistance  as  I  oan  in  regard  to  minor  details  that 
are  within  my  knowledge.  While  I  would  he  very  glad 
to  see  you,  let  me  say  for  your  information  that  my  time 
during  the  day  is  so  broken  up  with  telephone  calls,  Mr. 
Edison's  requirements,  and  a  hOBt  of  matters  that  are 
thrust  upon  me  from  moment  to  moment ,  I  think  it  would 
he  very  difficult  indeed  to  give  you  my  constant  atten¬ 
tion  for  even  ten  minutes.  Really,  the  host  thing  for 
you  to  do  is  to  write  a  series  of  questions,  and  I  will 
answer  them  to  the  hest  of  my  ability.  I  am  suggesting 
this  more  for  your  oonvenienoe  and  peace  of  mind  than 
for  any  other  purpose,  as  X  almost  never  get  ten  minutes 
of  uninterrupted  quietness  around  here. 



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September  9,  1916. 

W.  H.  Meadoworoft,  Esq. , 

Care  Edison's  Laboratory, 

Orange,  W.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft; 

I  received  your  telegram  stating 
that  Mr.  Edison  will  be  at  Spring  Lake  next-.  Wednes¬ 
day.  X  am  very  glad  to  hear  that,  as  that  is 
the  day  I  will  be  there  myself.  I  will  have  to 
leave  there  on  Thursday,  however. 

Thanking  you  for  your  thought  in 
sending  the  telegram  to  me,  I  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

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_  September  28,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison;- 

Slnce  sending  you  the  former  three 
copies  of  the  Mutt  and'  Jeff  book,  a  fourth 
number  has  been  published.  I  take  the 
pleasure  of  forwarding  a  copy  of  same  to 
you  to’ complete  the  set. 

yours  very  sincerely, 

Sept.  30th.  1915. 

Mr.  William  iC.  1.  Dickson, 

Point  Pleasant, 


London,  S.  W. ,  Eigland. 

My  dear  Mr.  Dickson: 

I  want  to  thank  you  for  your  favor  of  the  14th 
instant,  and  for  your  endeavors  to  get  a  oopy  of  the  "Life  and 
Inventions  of  Edison".  Uuoh  obliged  to  you  for  leaving  the 
order  in  the  second  hand  book  shops  as  it  may  result  in  a  oopy 
turning  up  sooner  or  later. 

I  did  not  get  your  other  letter  of  September  3rd. 

It  muBt  have  gone  down,  as  you  say,  with  the  Hesperian.  Che  ac¬ 
cident  to  Hr-  Edison's  eyes  fortunately  did  not  result  seriously. 
The  Potash  solution  equirted  all  over  him,  and  some  went  in  his 
eyes,  but  he  washed  that  out  instantly.  They  pained  him  for  two 
or  throe  days,  but  it  is  now  morely  an  incident. 

You  must  be  having  rather  exoiting  times  over  there 
dodging  bombs.  I  do  not  wonder  at  the  Laboratory  expression 
"rotten".  I  am  free  to  acknowledge  that  I  would  rather  be  in 
Orange,  tf.  J. ,  althought  wo  are  simply  overwhelmed  with  work.  I 
showed  your  letter  to  Hr.  Edison,  as  ho  is  interested  in  every 
scrap  of  war  news  with  "local  color". 

With  kindest  regardB,  and  best  wishes,  I  remain. 
Yours  very  truly. 

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EDNESDAY,  November  twenty- fourth,  ^ettfen 
hundred  fifteen,  will  be  the  seventy-fifth  birthday 
anniversary  of  JOHN  ALFRED  BRASHEAR,  whose 
name  has  been  intimately  associated,  for  half  a  cen¬ 
tury,  with  the  civic,  scientific  and  intellectual  progress  of  Pittsburgh. 

Some  of  his  friends  have  therefore  arranged  to  celebrate  his 
many  years  of  unselfish  and  enthusiastic  devotion  to  the  public 
welfare,  by  a  popular  subscription  dinner,  at  which  an  oppor¬ 
tunity  will  be  afforded  guests  to  express  to  him  their  apprecia¬ 
tion  of  his  past  services,  and  their  hopes  for  long  continuance 
of  his  useful  and  inspiring  life. 

Should  you  desire  to  attend  the  dinner,  please  fill  out  the 
enclosed  blank  and  mail  it  with  remittance  to  Mr.  William  P. 
Field,  Carnegie  Institute  of  Technology,  Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania. 


November  Eleventh,  Nineteen  Hundred  Fifteen. 

‘Reception  and  dinner  at  six  o’clock,  Wednesday  evening,  November  twenty-fourth, 
nineteen  hundred  fifteen,  in  the  ‘Banquet  Hall  of  the  Soldiers'  Memorial  Hall,  Fifth 
Avenue  and  Grant  ‘Boulevard. 

Informal  dress. 

Ladies  will  be  present. 

Applications  should  be  received  before  November  twentieth. 

In  case  the  capacity  of  the  Hall  should  be  exhausted,  tickets  ■will  be  issued  to  the 
earlier  applicants. 

Taylor  Alldcrdicc 

Miss  Mary  B.  B 
James  I.  Buchar 
Joseph  Buflingtc 

Albert  E.  Frost 
George  W.  Gerwij 
~  L.  Gillespie 

es  S.  Hastings 

Lore  Henthorne 
W.  Herron 

Mrs.  John  G.  Holmes 
William  J.  Holland 
'  d  L.  Hoxie 

William  McCor 
Samuel  B.  McC 
Daniel  McGarv 

Edward  S.  Travers 
Herbert  Du  Puy 
Cortlandt  Whitehead 
Charles  D.  Walcott 


John  A.  Bras'  l'  r —  Seventy-  fifth  Birthday  Celebration 


Carnegie  Institute  of  Technology, 
Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania. 

Men  itv  A  Wi si-:  Wo  on  November  12th,  1915 

THOMAS  A.  EDI30M,  Esq. , 

Orange ,  II .  J . 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your 
very  courteous  favor  of  the  10th,  which  has 
given  me  more  pleasure  than  you  can  well  real¬ 
ize,  coming  as  it  does  from  one  whom  I  have 
from  youth  considered  to  he  the  greatest  phil¬ 
anthropist  that  the  world  has  known. 

V/ith  affectionate  regards, 

Yours  very  cordially,. 

It  will  always  fee  a  source  of  regret  to  me  that  the 
extra  time  you  were  asked  to  spend  in  Los  Angeles  deprived  you  of  the 
pleasure  of  an  adequate  visit  to  beautiful  Pasadena,  which  you  seemed 
to  admire  so  much  and  of  a  ride  through  San  Gabriel  Valley,  whioh  I 
had  planned  and  whioh  I  know  you  would  have  enjoyed,  but  you  will  remem¬ 
ber  that  it  was  after  dark  when  we  got  back  to  your  hotel.  I  hope  that 
you  will  feel  a  desire  to  oome  this  way  again  at  no  distant  day. 

I  am  sending  by  this  mail  some  photographs  of  the  great 
nebulae  taken  with  the  big  telescope  of  the  Mount  Wilson  observatory; 
Mrs.  Edison  expressed  a  desire  to  see  them;  will  you  kindly  present 
them  with  my  compliments  and  the  best  wishes  of  Mrs.  Hinds. 

I  am  always  interested  in  your  work  and  the  wonderful 
thingB  you  are  doing;  X  wish  you  would  ask  your  boys  to  put  me  on  their 
mailing  list  for  anything  they  may  be  sending  out. 

With  all  good  wishes  for  your  continued. health  and  happi- 

Sinoerely  Your  Old  Friend, 

ness,  X  remain. 






Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Edison  Laboratories, 
Orange,  N.  J. 


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Dear  Mr.  Edison:  Mrajw<tf 

Your  letted  to  jWV‘&*w  York  office  and  your  T** 
telegram  both  received.  X  shall  not  further  urge  you  in  the 
matter  of  the  Carty  dinner,  as  I  know  how  unhappy  you  would 
be  away  from  work  when  there  is  real  work  in  front  of  you, 

You  must  know  how  happy  it  would  have  made  us  all  if  you 
could  have  seen  your  way  clear  to  be  present.  As  I  wiied 
you,  Mr.  Insull  will  be  in  the  east  and  he  will  be 

If  you  have  a  moment's  time  to  send  a  word  c 
commendation  of  Mr.  Carty 's  work  to  “«  **4^ 
think  he  deserves  itl  it  would  be  read*-oV>-^  CkAAA^JUJ 

With  kindest  regards,  I  am 
Yours  very  sincerely; 

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you.  /_ 
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ro1  ou/ 

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Mr.  Joseph  E*  Hinds, 

Chamber  of  Commerce  Biag., 

Pasadena,  Cal. 

Dear  Mr.  Hinds: 

Your  favor  of  the  20th  ultimo  was  received  by 
I,lr.  Edison,  and  he  asked  me  to  hold  it  until  the  photographs 
arrived,  ana  :.e  would  tlxen  send  you  an  acknowledgment  and  a 
letter  of  thanks. 

I  have  held  the  letter,  but  up  to  this  date,  the 
photographs  have  \ot  been  received,  so  1  think  it  best  to  call 
your  attention  to  the  matter  so  that  you  can  ask  the  post  office 
to  follow  up  the  package. 

You  ask  to  be  put  on  our  mailing  list  for  our 
literature,  ana  this  matter  will  received.  In  the  meantime,  X 
am  going  to  enclose  herewith  two  of  the  latest  pamphlets  we  have 
gotten  out,  and  as  an  old  friend  of  Mr.  Edison's,  X  think  you 
will  be  glaa  to  see  them. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

.  P.  S.  If  for  any  reason  you  have  not  yet  mailed  the  photographs. 
I  wouia  suggest  that  you  address  them  to  mo,  and  I  will  seo  that 
Mr.  Edison  gets  them  at  once  upon  arrival. 

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Dec.  30th.  1915. 

i,lr.  V..  '£.  L.  Dickson, 
Grey  Cot, 

Pcldon  ^venuo, 
Eichmond , 

Surrey,  England. 

My  doer  Dickson: 

Let  mo  thank  you  for  your  kindness  in  obtaining 
a  copy  of  your  Life  of  Edison.  I  an  pied  to  say  that  it  has 
escaped  the  attention  of  tho  Germans,  and  I  receivod  it  in  pood 
condition  yesterday.  I  am  glad  to  have  it  for  reference  in  the 
Library . 

Just  in  what  shape  Harry  Millor  is  going  to  Bend 
you  the  money,  I  do  not  know,  but  when  this  lotter  is  written 
I  shall  send  it  up  to  him  so  that  he  may  onclose  money  order  or 
whatever  form  of  remittance  he  thinks  is  best. 

Included  in  my  thanks  to  you  for  your  very  kind 
attention  in  this  matter  are  also  a  great  many  thanks  to  your 
wife  for  the  trouble  that  she  has  taken  and  also  congratulations 
upon  hor  success,  fiay  she  be  as  successful  in  all  good  works 
during  the  coming  year! 

lie  have  had  come  busy  years  at  the  Laboratory, 
but  I  think  this  year  that  is  just  now  drawing  to  a  close  has 
capped  the  climax.  V.hat  with  the  recuperations  from  the  fire, 
the  increased  phonograph  business,  and  the  nine  new  chemical 
plants  that  Mr .  Edison  has  projected  and  installed  during  the 
past  twelve  months,  we  have  had  enough  to  keep  us  out  of  mis¬ 
chief,  -  and  perhaps  a  little  more.  Perhaps  you  can  form  an 
opinion  when  I  tell  you  that  I  have  not  had  two  hours  loisuro 
time  in  Iiew  York  in  the  last  twelve  months. 

I  presume  that  everything  in  England  is  over¬ 
shadowed  on  aeoount  of  the,  tmd  I  am  sure  you  will  be  more 
than  thankful  when  it  is  all  over. 

I  trust  that  you  and  yours  are  well  and  that  the 
coming  year  may  bring  to  you  health,  prosperity  and  a  lightening 
of  tho  burden  of  sorrow  around  you. 

Yours  sincerely. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Phonograph  -  General  (E-15-65) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  interoffice  communications,  and 
other  documents  relating  to  the  commercial  and  technical  development  of 
Edison's  cylinder  and  disc  phonograph.  Included  are  letters  pertaining  to  the 
selection  of  talent,  music,  and  musical  instruments  for  recording,  customer 
relations;  and  activities  among  Edison’s  agents  and  competitors.  Many  of  the 
incoming  letters  bear  Edison's  draft  reply  in  the  form  of  marginalia^Among  the 
documents  for  1915  are  numerous  items  regarding  the  marketing  of  the 
Edison  Diamond  Disc  phonograph.  A  communication  from  Walter  L  Eckert 
general  auditor  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  lists  monthly  expenses  for  rectal 
and  demonstration  work  from  September  1914  through  January  1915  There 
are  also  references  to  recitals  sponsored  by  local  phonograph  dea'ers.  In 
addition,  there  are  testimonial  letters  and  reports  by  demonstrators  n  regard 
to  a  series  of  non-commercial  recitals  at  churches,  hospitals,  sch°°'®' P°Jce 
and  fire  departments,  fraternal  lodges,  and  other  organizations.  A  sample  of 
these  documents  has  been  selected. 

Other  items  relate  to  the  Panama-California  Exposition  in  San  Diego 
and  the  Panama-Pacific  Exhibition  in  San  Francisco,  the  preservationof 
sound  recordings,  and  product  quality  testing.  Also  . 
recommendations  of  songs  and  recording  artists,  complaints  about  the 
technical  and  artistic  quality  and  limited  repertoire  of  Ed,son  'feco';dings  and 
suggestions  for  improvements  in  the  phonograph,  some  of  which  Edison 
referred  to  members  of  the  laboratory  staff  for  consideration  and  comment 
Several  documents  refer  to  an  attachment  that  would  aliow  the  lateral-cut 
records  produced  by  Victor  and  Columbia  to  be  played  on  Edlson  °'am° 
Disc  phonographs.  At  the  end  of  the  folder  is  a  72-page  pamphlet,  wta 
annotations  by  Edison,  entitled  Edison  Retail  Salesman  s  Sales  Manual  a'ong 
with  a  promotional  brochure  for  the  Edison  Dictating  Machine  entitled  The 
Goose,  the  Typewriter,  and  the  Wizard. 

The  correspondents  include  George  L.  Babson  and  IS.  McCormick  of 
the  Phonograph  Corporation  of  Manhattan,  M.  M.  Blackman  of  the 
Phonograph  Co.  (Kansas  City),  Herbert  E.  Blake  of  Blake  &  Burkart,  H.  H. 
Blish  and  George  C.  Silzer  of  Harger  &  Blish,  C.  E.  Goodwin  of  the 
Phonograph  Co.  (Chicago),  and  numerous  other  phonograph  d®^rs  and 
marketing  representatives.  There  are  several  letters  by  Thomas  P. 

Westendorf,  composer  of  "I'll  Take  You  Home  Again,  Kathleen,"  which 
reportedly  was  Edison's  favorite  song.  A  letterfrom  investment  banker,  benzol 
supplier,  and  phonograph  enthusiast  Clarence  Dillon  recounts  an  amusing 
anecdote  about  his  six-year-old  son  (and  future  U.S.  Secretary  of  the 
Treasury)  C.  Douglas  Dillon. 

Approximately  25  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
material  not  selected  includes  unsolicited  suggestions  and  inquiries  from 
inventors  and  other  unsolicited  correspondence  receiving  no  substantive  reply 
from  Edison.  Also  not  selected  are  lists  of  phonograph  dealers,  letters  of 
transmittal  and  acknowledgment,  and  daily  and  weekly  reports  concerning 
quality  testing,  sales,  and  other  commercial  matters. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Phonograph  -  General 

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4  Cavalina 

5  Genius  Loci 

6  Hearts  and  Flowers 

7  Bird  on  iho  Wing 

8  Silent  Night  ,  . 

9  Introduction  Guardamt 

10  Guardami 

1 1  Carnival  ol  Venice 

12  Valse- Arabesque 

13  Anvil  Chorus 

15  Beautiful  Isle  of  Somewhere 

1 6  Kathleen  Mavourneen 
1  7  Introduction  Charmant 
j  8  Charmant  oiseau 

19  Naila  Intermezzo 

20  Aisha 

21  Look  In  Her  Eyes 

22  Can  We  Forget 

23  William  Tell.  Part  1 

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24  William  Tell.  Part  11 

25  Nao  Faca  Isso  I 

26  Isle  d' Amour 

27  One  Sweetly  Solemn  Tht 

28  Lead.  Kindly  Light 

29  International  Rog 

30  Trail  of  the  Lonesome  Pine 

3 1  It's  a  long  way  toTipperary 

32  The  Soldiers  of  The  King 

33  Dixie  Medley 

34  Infanta  March 

35  My  Uncle's  Farm 

36  Shipmates 

37  The  Girl  from  Utah 

38  Castles'  Half  and  Half 

39  The  Aba  Daha  Honeym'n 

40  My  Crooney  Melody 

41  I'm  goin'  back  to  Loutsana 

42  My  orchard  is  short  of  a 

Peach  Like  You 

43  Come  Back  to  the  Cabaret 

44  Something  Seems 


-,ih<  t  i  i  /• 

"Sclttla  referu' 

John  Young.  Frederic!  . 

Bird  on  the  Wing,  Auguste  (Meg) 

Can  We  Forget?-  Ollj  Oil !  Uelliblue.  C 

Mixed  Quurtel 

w„,  ,,v., . Soprano  and  Tenor 

Can  «  °rgE|i„bC|h  Spencer  anti  Hatvcy  Hmclermeycr 

Carnival  of  Venice- Variations,  Paganini,  Br...  and  Slang  Orches. 
Castles'  Half  and  Half,  Europe  and  Dabney  B“d 

Cavatina,  Raff,  "^erle  Bren, i,  It 

fEre/rf  Soprano,  111  French,  Flute  obligato,  Ann.  Case 
r!""  T"" 

Fred  Van^Eps 

In  ilio  Straw;  Aunt  1)  limb's 

Quiitint;  Party  .  #nJ  Bb|| 

G'td^-VMr,Ca^ldllSn,:mX^vert,ti  Solo 

Soprano,  In  Itatlan,  Lucrezi.  B=.i  0rclleltlll 

h>  Mid  It  lull  t  CJlli  Tenor.  Soprano,  Ch. 
°mBriquet  and  Philipp .  Waller  Van  Brunt  and  Elizabeth  Spencer 

D‘*if)lxl^Myv  Old  Kentucky  Hmnef  Arkansas  Traveller; 
nixu.,  ui  i  »v  straw:  Aunt  1>  limb's 

Pm  ,  Go*"’  B 

Dvorak J  Albert  Spalding 

lack  to  Louisana,  E.  Clinton  Keithley 
Billy  Murray  and  Chores 

Infanta  March,  0.  W.  Gregory  Fred  Van  Ept 

International  Rag  Medley.  Tsirboy  Jrot,  JeW/n  ,  & 

Kffi&'SrSSK  Sit  -  sno^.  Ooknina 
lale  d’Amour— Walt/,  Hesitation,  Edwards 

Thomas  Chalmers  and  Chorui 



Page  -2- 

Kr.  Walter  MiUor, 
January  4th,  1916. 

So  you  ooo.  Up.  Killer,  from  Mr.  Edison's  stand¬ 
point,  the  idee  in  wrong.  V.'e  are  In  tho  Bolling  game,  -nd 
not  the  manufacturing  end  of  It.  Vfo  KUO,V  what  the  people  wont 

mid  wo  oak  yon  to  co-operate  with  tie  in  every  wry  possible  to 

give  ns  tho  artists. 

The  monoy  expended  in  yonr  Department  on  the 
mediocre  oIbbb  of  slngere  oonld  bo  expended  oo  much  more  advan? 

tagoonsly  for  two  good  artists  -  a  tenor,  or  possibly  two  tenors, 

and  the  advancement  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  would  be  wonderful 
in  the  oxtremo. 

X  had  hoped  to  hear  from  yon  in  rofc-ranoe  to 
the  intimation  I  made  that  John  Vo  Cormnok  would  be  free  very 
shortly.  Have  <ny  steps  boon  taken  to  see  if  this  is  so? 

Also,  what  has  boon  done  with  Kiss  Schumann? 

I  think  -  in  fact,  I  will  soy  I  Know  -  that  If 
tho  artiBto  were  given  an  opportunity  to  hear  the  Edison  instrument 
at  its  best,  that  they  would  bo  so  delighted  with  it,  they 
would  wish  to  make  records  for  the  Edison,  purely  and  solely 
for  the  roaoon  that  it  rooordo  tho  voice  oo  much  butter. 

There  is  a  sentimental  side  to  tho  artist,  outside 
of  his  inorconary  feelings,  and  he  wishes  at  all  times  to 
have  his  voice  reproduced  better  than  it  ever  has  been  before. 

It  la  a  matter  of  pride  to  him  to  have  his  voioo  go  out  into 
the  publio  recorded  the  wy  the  Edison  Machine  can  rocord,  and 
X  think  if  this  side  la  touched,  that  wo  possibly  can  secure 
some  of  these  artists  aside  from  tho  monetary  value  that  thoy 
place  on  their  sorvlooo. 

Another  thing  that  X  would  ask  is  -  would  it 
not  bo  poaslbie  to  eliminate  tho  blast?  If  yon  havo  not  heard 
any  of  the  Inter  rooordo  made  hy  tho  Vlotor  Company,  I  would 
advice  you  to  do  so.  They  have  eliminated  the  tmrfRoe  noise 
entirely,  and  have  also  eliminated  the  blast,  so  that  it  is 
a  pleasure  now  to  listen  to  n  Victor  Record.  Thoy  are 

producing  muoio  -  and  hellovo  me  I  we-  will  soon  be  on  our  toes 
to  meet  them  in  competition. 

The  Victor  pooplo  are  a  pretty  progressive 
"bunoh"  and  we  must  roallzo  that  they  sro  not  going  to  allow 
the  Edison  people  to  corns  in  an  gobble  up  what  it  has  taken 
them  fourteen  or  flftoon  years  to  do;  so  it  is  not  wise  for  ub 
to  rest  on  our  IbutoIb  and  simply  Bay  we  have  tho  boot  maohlno, 
without  doing  anything  to  make  it  better. 


Page  -3- 

Hr.  "'filter  Killer, 
Jfinut  ry  4th,  1915. 

Z'e  will  he  glad  et  all  times  to  give  you  any 
suggootlonc  we  oan,  for  the  betterment  of  the  Ed  1b on  Fhonogrepht 
providing  thnt  our  suggestions  will  do  yon  any  good.  Bat 
you  mint  oo-or.or«te  with  ua,  and  ths  opportunity  ie  ripe  for  a 
better  nnd  bigger  Saloon  than  it  evtr  woo. 

Sincerely  truoting  that  yon  will  agree  with  mo, 
and  aatraring  you  it  ia  only  through  our  aim  to  see  the  Edison 
beooino  the  foremost  among  all  competitors  that  I  am  writing 
you,  I  retf-in. 

Yours  very  truly. 


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Ur.  Fred  Batson, 
Edison  Shop, 

473  Hif th  Avenue , 
Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Batson: 

This  i3  the  way  I  am  constantly  irritated  ty  people 
who,  from  a  few  instances  in  a  special  locality,  throw  out 
generalities,  and  then  start  in  to  draw  conclusions  tased  on 
no  information  whatever. 


In  the  first  plac6,  this  sentiment  of  Artist  does 
not  exist.  They  care  for  nothing  hut  money,  and  are  perfectly 
indifferent  whether  their  records  sound  good  or  not.  Even  if 
they  sing  out  of  pitch  they  refuse  to  sing  the  selection  over, 
and  don't  care  if  you  put  it  out  or  not.  Second,  we  have  tried 
and  turned  down  nearly  every  Grand  Opera  Artist,  except  six  or 
seven  that  the_Victor  had  tied  up.  A***. 

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Marsh  Unr-b"*in  .  iTnvr. 

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_ tu^y.Ope ra .%9hei^voice s  are  not  adapted  for  Concert  work. 

Hot  a" single  concerted  piece  on  the  Victor  by  Opera  Artists 
can  he  found  that  is  not  full  of  heats  and  interferences.  The 
phonograph  is  a  lyric  instrument,  not  a  dramatic  one,  because 
Dramatic  singing  is  only  good  when  the  eye  as  well  as  the  ear 
work  together.  Ho  doubt  there  are  lots  of  reople ,  as  we  know 
by  our  recital  reports,  that  asks  why  v;e  do  not  have  the  great 
artists,  hut  there  are  not  many.  The  sales  sheets  of  a  Victor 
dealer  refute  the  statement  that  Grand  Opera  stuff 'are  good 
sellers;  in  fact,  they  are  poor  sellers.  The  Artist  business 
is  the  whole  of  the  Victor  advertising,  and  to  Victor  owners 
it  falls  flat.  They  know  the  records  are  rotten,  and  they  buy 
the  good  tunes  and  popular  stuff.  I  do  not  want  to  go  on  the 
same;  lines  a3  the  Victor.  I  want  to  diverge  and  get  the  best 
voices.  Grand  Opera  or  not,  and  to  arrange  and  record  the  best 
tunes  and  best  music.  He  have  not  a  great  number  because  I 
had  other  things  more  important,  but  we  are  getting  them.  '  * 

I  think  my  source  of  information  as  to  what  the  whole  } 
United  States  wants  is  better  than. that  of  anyone  in  a  City  fc 

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•  473  FIFTH  AVENUE  • 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.  J. 


January  9th,  1915. 

Bear  Mr.  Edison: 

If  yon  would  let  Mir.  Meadoworoft  get  up 
a  form  letter  to  send  to  all  of  our  retail  list  in  Chicago, 
it  would  be  reassuring  to  them,  and  help  us  stall  off  the 
clamor  for  the  records  we  are  out  of. 

If  this  could  be  done  on  the  multigraph, 
on  Laboratory  letter-heads,  we  could  fill  them  in  and  mail 
them  from  Chicago. 

Hoping  this  will  strike  you  favorably,  I  am. 

Very  sincerely  yours, 



"opfL  Coiripa^r 

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Mr.  Laurence  H.  luck\,  of  Mi&p^olis,  'f  K  Jf  S'  , 
Minn.,  writes  me  under  date  of  January Cfith  that  jT  JT  if  / 
he  was  at  your  Plant  on  January  12th  and  that  he  \@V  ,  ai  r.<f 

understands  you  are  contemplating  building  a  Cyl-Q^  L(  v 
inder  machine  at  $75.00  list.  This  instrument  to,  \ 

he  practically  the  present  Amberola  VI  machine  °n/^fc/  J}-  \ 

Mr.  Edison,  this  particular  instrument  '  vy  /  JL  /  * 
has  been  the  poorest  seller  in  the  entire  line.  40  Aj/  Yj»  y 
Dealers  claim  that  the  instrument  has  not  suffi-^y  y  X\  / 
cient  volume.  It  is,  therefore,  a  mistake  as  if  /  Jh, 

vou  will  agree  to  make  an  instrument  that  does  .  «,  f  /\X  f 
not  meet  with  the  approval  of  the  dealer.  Every  f  /&  S 

Edison  Cylinder  dealer  is  delighted  with  the  tone  Sf  f 

of  an  Amberola  V  and  the  motor  has  proven  entirely  vj  v  ^ 
satisfactory.  Every  Cylinder  jobber  and  dealer  'T  . 
are  firmly  of  the  opinion  that  at  $75.00  you  should  ,  Jr  $/ 
put  out  a  full  oabinet  machine  with  compartments  A^OoV  . 
for  holding  records  and  the  instrument  to  contain  y  /  t[ 

an  Amberola  V  mechanism.  ,  l  f\j 

If  you  will  give  us  this  instrument,  Mr.  /y  j 
Edison,  the  jobber  and  the  dealer  will  get  behind  yu/  f  .! 

same  and  we  will  bring  the  Cylinder  product  back  \J  . 

to  where  you  would  like  to  have  it.  / /\ 

The  present  Amberola  VI  on  legs  would  Jy  1/1/ 

not  compare  favorably  with  other  instruments  sold  &  v  {/ 

at  this  price  and  we  predict  that  if  you  attempt 
to  market  this  instrument  at  this  price,  it  will 
be  the  means  of  praotioally  eliminating  the  Cyl¬ 
inder  product  from  the  market. 

Sincerely  yours, 

im/BT  o-.  C?.  CA-. — . — — _ . 

.  (??.  CPcri-yv  t-ruzy" 

Messrs .  Maxwell,  Ireton,  i0onard: 

Jan.  11,  1913, 

3ome  time  ago  I  issued  a  memorandum  instructing 
that  you  he  very  careful  about  taking  on  department  storoe  as 
Dlso  dealers,  and  I  now  want  to  call  your  attention  to  Marshall 
Field,  Chicago,  who  I  understand  is  likely  to  approach  us  either 
direct  or  through  come  Jobber  to  take  on  our  lino.  As  you  are 
doubtless  aware,  they  have  fitted  up  a  very  elaborate  talking 
machine  department  to  handle  their  own  machine,  invented  by 
Cheney,  ana,  like  the  Aeolian  Company,  they  will  probably  want 
to  toko  on  our  line, for  the  purpose  of  getting  aoceas  to  our  records 
more  than  anything  else,  and  instead  of  pushing  the  sale  of  it 
or  even  giving  it  a  fair  show,  will  give  their  machine  the  profer- 
onoe  anil  knock  ours  all  they  possibly  can.  For  this  reason  they 
should  not  be  considered  cr  accepted  as  dealers  any  more  than  the 
Aeolian  Company,  whom  we  decided  some  time  ago  we  would  not  accept. 

I  do  not  think  it  necessary  to  advise'  all  Jobbers  concerning  Marshall 
Field,  but  a  careful  wetch  should  bo  kept  on  applications  to  see 
that  theirs  does  not  get  through. 

CHVT/IWV7  0.  H.  W. 

Copies  to  Uesors(  Edison!  and  ChaB.  Edison, 

/syk.  &  (%?<?tx^e it^j,  W,l<^ 

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January  Thirtieth 

My  dear  Mr. Edison: 

Just  a  line  to  acknowledgment  of  your  letter 
and  to  approve  heartily  the  propoeed  $100.  instrument 
to  admit  the  perfect  reproduction  of  the  larger  orches 
tral  scores, and  of  all  of  Beethoven's  muqic.  That  will  - 

he  the  ideal  inotrumont.and  will  "sweep  the  market"  I 
am  sure.  X  wish  you  would  enter  my  name  for  the  first 
instrument  of  the  new  make  that  satj._sfieB.jod .  ^ 

Having  five  "Edisonas"  in  our  family ,we  are  practical 
"prose  agents"  in  its  favor.  Ho  ono  of  real  musical  taste*  ^ 

ot  a  true  love  of  true  music  can  possibly  rest  content 
with  any  other ter  hearing  the  Edioon.and  ,  , 

I  prodict  an  overwhelming  demand.  Some  of  our  controyerU,,  £•$  —  IfHr 
siee  with  owners  of  othor  makes  are  enlightening;  but  ?p-  U 

I  have  only  to  put  on  some  of  my  favorites, and  let  them 
hear  the  human  voice, freed  from  the  nasal  and  tinny  tonq^e^ 

—the  mechanical  vibratory  sounds  of  all  other  makes— 

to  win  first  a  reluctant  surrender, and  then  enthusiasm.  ^ 

But 'theWl  am  now  using, while  the  tone  is  fine  and  clear^  “>■* 

and  more  free  from  evidences  of  mechanism  than  my  sons  or  . 

my  daughter's  $250.  instruments, is  moot  bothorsom  to  feed 
—to  connect  tho  needle  with  the  record.  The  improved  feed 
is  bettor, but  the  whole  method  is  cumbersome, inconvonien^  ^^^j^^ 

and, it  seems  to  me,unnscessary, — and  rarely  accurate. 

However  WHEN  my  $100.  perfection  comeB,  I  will  give  thiB  of 

80  as  a  wedding  gift  to  a  charming ljjioce  who^ie, s^  she^  1 

says, "wild  over  it."  ‘  w 

NOISES.  As  you  suggest, I  am  keeping  V  mim. 
they  are  played, noting  the  dogree  and  kind  of  noise  with 
each.  I  have  asked  my  son  who  has  the  $250.  to  keep  the 
same  minutes  of  results  on  his  instrument.  But  I  am  sure 
tho  noise  varies  with  different  records, and  is  much  more 
evident  with  some  than  with  others.  Perhaps  some  date  of 
the  kind  I  am  planning  may  lead  to  light  on  tho  subject 
—for  if  you  can, as  you  wish  to,  eliminate  ALL  noise,  you 
will  be  a  wiiurd  indeed, and  winrthe  gratitudo  of  all  muBic 
lovers, tho  world  over.  I  intended  "only  a  line"  but  m” 
enthusiasm  for  your  miracle  of  music  reproduction  h 
awajr  with  my  typewriter! 

o  a  charming  niece,BO  she 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mr. Thomas  A. Edison. 

U|  ASSOCIATION  vicxor  cbditovb  u.  *-r/  — 

9  enable  the  listener  to  diminish  tho  volume  of 
1  sound  if  desired.  Thore  may  be  objections,  but 
I  they  are  not  clear  to  mo. 

*  F:A:^: 

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January  15th,  1915, 

Eamadell  &  Son, 

1305  Walnut  Street 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Gentlemen:  Attention  of  Mr.  G.C. Eamadell. 

Many  thanks  for  the  clipping  enclosed  with  your 
favor  of  January  14th.  ..It  is  exceedingly  well  written 
and  indeed  interesting  and  I  am  sending  it-  to  Mr.  Edison's 
Secretary  to  he  offered  for  his  perusal. 

I  am  sure  we  appreciate  your  kind  interest  in 
clipping  this  for  us. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Phonograph  Sales  Department, 



©ES  M©OWES,  1/16/15 

1  X"!  *■* 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:-  ^  ,  „  „ 

ct  ^  _  t 

Our  esteemed  competitors,  Chase  &  West,  ±j,^.aa»a.i 
Victor  Jobbers,  Des  Moines,  IowaJ  have  just  mhiled  broad-  c^******r'*r*> 
oast  over  the  City  of  Des  Moines,  a  four-sheWt  letter,  in 
which  they  accuse  you  of  being  a  fraud,  and  an  impoBtor. 

I  thought  you  would  be  interested  in  knowing,  so  I  have  had  » 

several  copies  made  of  their  letter,  o n e  aOf  _jffh i.c h  I  hand  ****** 

you  herewith.  —  UU*.  Q,(  A, 

We  are  not  worried  very  much  over  anything 
they  can  say,  in  faot,  feel  that  possibly  we  ought  to  ex¬ 
tend  them  a  letter  of  thanks  stripe  they  can  vonly  hara  them*,-  ( 
selves  by  such  tactics  y**,  t&cCC.  c*~£>  t 

Just  for  C\oint  if  information,  however, 

I  would  like  to  know,  the\yrue  history  of  the  art  of  Sound 
Recording  and  Reproducing.  Would  it  be  asking  too  much  to 
have  Mr.  Meadowcroft,  check  over  Chase  &  West.. letter ,  0.  K. 
such  statements  as  may  be  correot  and  have  him  give  me  jijpt^ 
a  brief  synoposis  of  the  history  of  sound  reprocution, 
it' 6  very  first  inception  to  date/ 

Very  truly  yours, 




THIS  peculiarly  vicious  looal  competition  met  with  .toy 
ub  may  make  these  few  fadts  of  some  interest  to  you  in  offsetting 
the  ridiculous  statements  of  competitors  who  depend  for  sales  en¬ 
tirely  upon  the  Jgrioranoe  of  the  publio  rather  than  the  merit 
of  their  goods. 

let  Stews-  The  first  registering  of  sound  was  done  &y_ 
Leon  Soptt  in  1855,  when  he  stretohed  a  membrane  over  the  end  of 
a  tube  attached  to  an  open  ellipsoik  receiving  cavity.  To  this 
membrane  he  attaohed  a  bristle  and  so  fixed  it  that  the  bristle 
woudl  brush  against  a  sheet  of  lamp-blacfeed  paper  wound  around  a 
horizontal  cylinder.  When  the  cylinder  was  revolved  and  anything 
was  spoken  into  the  receiving  tube,  the  bristle  described  a  zig-zag 
wave  up dii  the  lamp-blacked  paper.  This  machine  Scott  called  the 
Phonograph,  and  as  suoh  it  was  shown  to  the  scientific  world. 

2nd  Step.-  Twenty-two  years  after  (1677)  Thomas  A. Edison, 
substituting  tlS-foil  for  ..the  lamp-blacked  P?P®£  ®nd  ®  **?*‘LSoint 
for  the  bristle,  did  the  same  thing,  with  this  di*ferenoe 
the  vibration  instead  of  being  traced  upon  lamp-blacked  paper  was 
indented  into  the  tin-foil  and  when  the  blunt  stylus  was  rubb ed 
over  these  indentations  it  caused  the  sound  to  de 

repetitions  and  the  sound'  became  erased,  ?o  that  it  remained  merely 
an  interesting  toy  for  years.  This  * 

is* know  as  the  Phonograrihl 

3rd  Step:-  In  1886  Bell  and  Tainter  made  this  toy 
practical  by  butting  a  wave  of  uneven  depth  into  wax,  and  instead 
If  a  temporlry  record  of  sound  it  was  possible  to  have  a  permanent 
re cord  of  sound.  This  was  called  the  Graphophone. 

4th  Stpes-  In  1888  Ejil  Berlingr  first  showed  to 
scientists  thejnachine  which  he  called  th|Gramoph°ne,in*hich 

record  fed  the  sound  box  along  instead  of  a  leea  sc-ew, 
the  phonograph  and  graphophone. 

The  fli<Efuoul*y  of  making  a  hill-and-dale  or  up  and  down 
groove  such  as  used  Stthb  Graphophone  ®r.^?f™Ptc  drivf thf  * 

i.  H  ■ 

S2  g,SK!4^ri?. 

working  freely  when  burying  itself  by  being  anven 
eaob  time  while  dragging  through. 


Not/  -take  the  Berliner  idea,  or  Gramphone  (Victor)  and 
we  have  a  groove  of  even  depth  and  no  up  and  down  movement.  We 
have  a  vertical  diaphragm  to  which  ia  attached  a  aelioate  pen,  and 
a  groove  about  1/300  of  an  inch  or  less,  exactly  as  you  would  write 
upon  paper.  The  whole  conpass  of  the  human  voice,  over  five  octaves 
is  thus  written  easily  and  the  range  of  sound  compass  is  much 
greater  than  any  voice  is  capable  of. 

On  a  cylinder  machine  .you  must  carve  into  the  surfaoe  a.  d 
series  of  hillsand  vallies  and  in  the  disk  you  write  a  fine  line 
from  side  to  side  withi  a  sharpended  pen.i.'  Does  carving  or  writing 
require  more  power?  In  other  words,  which  is  the  more  sensitive 
a  hammer  and  chisel  driving  in  impressions,  or  a  fine  steel  pen 
writing  them? 

Is  it  easier  to  plow  or  to  harrow? 

Is  it  easier  to  shovel  or  to  rake  the  surface? 

Briefly,  the  Victor  Gramophine  writes  its  impressions 
upon  wax  from  which  are  made  metallic  masters.  From  duplicated 
of  these  the  reoords  are  pressed. 

For  reproducing  theses  rounded  pen  (the  needle)  is  used. 
This  needle  is  always  in  contact  with  the  wages  on  the  side  ana  the 
point  of  the  needle  is  resting  in  the  bottom  of  the ,®T®"  fd 

doss  not  come  in  contact  with  a  sound  wave  to  wear  it  down.  Being 
always  in  the  groove,  it  can  not  miss  a  vioration.  Such  is  the 
reproduction  on  the  Victor,  and  that  is  why  these  is  no  missing  of 
delioate  waves  or  blasting  upon  a  sudden  or  rapid  increase  in 

For  reproducing  a  oylinder  reoord  of  the  bdiscnaiBO 
reoord(which  is  merely  a  flattened  out  cylinder)  a  heavy  weight 
must  be  used  to  keep  the  reproduciflgrpoint  froffijumpingfromthe 
top  of  one  hill  over  the  valley  to  the  top  of  another, hill,  and 
thereby  missing  sound  waves  entirely,  T&*8  d^f Ivins 

must  have  enough  to  keep  that  point  down  when  *8°°*d  iBWear 
around  at  the  rate  of  13  inches  a  second.  Something  must  wear, 
and  that  something  is  the  Record.  So  you  have  no t  alone  th e 
i  impossibility  of  recording  a  voice  with  very  high  notes  or  suaaen 

».yee  and  only  the  sidis  of  the  needle  touch  the  nave.,  eo  no 

S^r«?s:p"jnrrSnTo”-thr. £>3.«>a 

with  a  modicum  of  common  sense  as  to  which  method  is  scienvix icaxiy 
and  practically  the  correct  one. 


+ake  aotual  results.  No  tone  Is  too  deep  for  the 
of°Tettrazzini  orS5thers°a?e  SithoSjwen* 

"x  as 

out  cylinder  which  sounded  at  all  human  on  the  high  notes. 

n  Sa  SS"»Sf“|£ 


wimila.r  to  mating  the  disc  matrice  used  for  pressing,  ,  ., 

utilising  the  idea. 


o5llide5  b”?™.!  .n*irely.  TM  United  st«». .Sg°5?it? ”nJS» 

:  £  sas 

who  made  them  for  the  Lambert  Co.  in  "the  Auld  Lang  Syne 

The  changes  in  the  phonograph  machine  since  1888  have  been 
minor  chang  Sf  Sr'S 

SaS  instead1??1  a^wo-minute^reoord.  remoulding  process 
replaoed  the  duplicating  process  twleve  years  ago. 

Now  talks  the  Victor  and  from  ™e.  ly^Jhe^ittlf 

machine  of  only  fifteen  years  ago  what  has 

From  cheaper  singers  of  early  aaysxc  beaches  and  halls  where 

best  artists  this  old  world  affords,  ^rom  “«riosities  to  a  modern 

sssrSuS™  "HSl!a.,aLss*  s^r4 

as  sss^a  srs*i^s  «  ««».  *»»  ««■“» 




sincerely  flattering  it  by  imitating  it,  as  far  as  our  patent 
laws  will  permit. 

Today  the  cylinder  business  is  done  and  cannot  be 
revived  by  the  launching  of  a  celluloid  reoord,  patented  over 
ten  years  ago,  and  which  has  been  discarded  by  its  former  users. 

New  oylinder  maohinee  are  not  selling  and  the  users  of  this  type 
of  machine  are  getting  fewer  and  fewer.  The  old  harpischord 
gave  way  to  the  piano,  the  old  fashioned  horse  and  carriage  gave 
place  to  the  automobile,  horse-cars  to  eleotrios  and  so  it  has  been 
in  our  business.  The  Viotor,  through  sheer  merit  of  goods,  which 
merits  were  properly  advertised  to  the  publio,  has  replaced  the 
obsolete  cylinder  machine,  which,  due  alone  to  the  highly  honored 
name  of  Edison,  persisted  as  long  as  it  did. 

The  sO — called  new  Edison  diso  is  merely  a  oylinder  up 
and  down  out  record  made  upon  a  flat  surface.  The  principle  is 
identically  the  same  as  in  the  oylinder  machien,  as  is  also  the 
reproducer.  Greater  weight  is  necessary  to  keep  the  point  from 
jumping  fromrone  hill  to  the  other,  owing  to  the  greater  distance 
to  be  traveled  in  the  same  time  of  the  single  revolution  than  is 
the  case  on  the  cylinder  record.  This  means  shorter  life  to 
the  record.  It  has  all  the  defects  of  the  old  cylinder  maohine, 
and  the  disadvantage  of  carrying  the  additional  weight,  thus  in¬ 
ducing  greater  wear.  The  machine  is  disc  only  in  appearance  and 
is  not  built  along  the  accepted  disc  princinle  upon  which  Victor- 
merit  has  been  established.  To  a  certain  portion  of  the  publio 
it  will  be  misleading,  but  when  the  fact  is  explained  that  the 
populatlty  of  the  Viotor  has  so  firmly  been  established,  and  the 
scientific  principle  of  lateral  sound  waves  has  so  emphatically 
triumphed  that  the  manufacturers  of  the  cylinder  product  are  finally 
forced  to  flatten  their  cylinder  records  and  to  imitate  the  Victor 
as  far  as  possible,  there  should  be  little  trouble  in  saving  the 
public  from  the  confusion  this  imitation  may^cause.  Still  a^mere 

the  viotor  by  being  disc  inform,  as  a  comparison  in  tone,  range  and 
other  musioal  qualities  will  leave  the  ylotor  standing  alone  as  the 
incomparable  musical  instrument  so  laboriously  evolved  from 
tie  scientific  principle  of  delicate  lateral  recording  first  shown 
by  Berliner  twnety-five  years  ago. 




Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Hr.  Edison:*^ 

Possibly  _ 

in  your  employ  in  1898.  I  owe  much  to  the  enthi  , 

for  electricity  which  started  with  your  company.  Kiis  was 
when  you  had  the  large  salesroom  at  Broadway  &  26th  St. , 
Hew  York. 

I  was  looking  at  your  Diamond  Disc 
Phonograph  the  other  day  and  heard  it  for  the  first  time. 

I  never  had  much  use  for  the  Victor  type  of  machine, 
but  I  have  now  changed  my  idea  entirely  regarding  ™“icol 
renroducing  apparatus.  We  took  home  a  catalogofselec- 
tions  and  expect  to  purchase  one  of  your  new  instruments. 

An  idea  occurred  to  me  while  listening 
to  your  phonograph  and  that  is  the  reason  why  I  am 
writing  this  letter.  You  know  that  Americans,are  proud  of 
you  and  are  interested  in  your  work.  Why  wouldn  t  it  bs 
a  good  scheme  to  present  to  the  customer,  f^eofcharge, 
with  every  new  diamond  disc  instrument  an  origiruil  tal 
from  you?  Tell  them  about  your  early  struggles  to  make 
the  phonograph  a  practical  musical  instrument.  Start  in 
at  the  beginning  and  wind  up  with  your  latea*  ion, 
the  diamond  disc  machine.  Don’t  get  some  melodious  voiced 
individual  to  do  it,  but  talk  into  the  machine  yourself. 

It  would  be  a  direct  message  from  you  to  the  customer  and 
would  be  a  record  whioh  we  would  treasure.  Incidentally, 
from  an  advertising  standpoint  this  would  have  great 

I  have  lately  taken  up  a  new  line  of 
work  and  am  sending  you,  under  separate  •  a  J;iMle 

booklet  entitled,  "Our  Invisible  Friends  and  Foes  . 

I  thought  possibly  this  might  interest  you. 

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in  whioh  you  ask  him  to  write  you 
again  in  a  few  days. 

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would  kindly,  lath  me  know  whether  you 
are  yet  ready  to  make  records. 

Thanking  you  in  anticipation, 

I  remain 

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The  American  Magazine 

381  Fourth  Avenue 
New  York 

January  21,  1915 

Hr.  Ireton: 

Jan.  31, 


Referring  to  attached  letter  addressed  to  Mr . 

Edison  from  Holmquist  Photo  Company.  Erie,  Pa.,  what  kind  of  a 
dealer  do  our  records  indicate  this  concern  to  he,  and  do  you  per¬ 
sonally  know  anything  about  them?  Let  me  know  promptly. 






From  hep#  Improvement  Association 


s— / 

i,  sffratHtng/ia — , 

®i  J  4U.  1 

You  have  boon  bo  courteous  about  roplyir.g  to  my 

_ _ _Jationu,that  I  am  inclinod  to  "butt  in"  once  more.  You  nro  bo  keenly 

A interested  in  getting  the  best  results  from  the  "Edisona  (as  we^call 
4  our  Diamond  Difc  instruments,)  that  I  am  inclined  to  °ay  that 

Y  I  believe  the  construction  of  the  cabinets  (and  possibly  tha  kind  of 
*  iod  ised,)  has  something  to  do  with  the  reverberation  and  other  sounds 
Won  out  while  the  record  is  playing.  It  is  an  interesting 
S  Of  the  two  $250.  instruments  I  have  bought .neithor  is  as  quiet  when 
"Joavinr  as  the  $80.  I  am  non  using.  V7ith  moot  of  the  records  there  is 
no  evidence  of  mechaniom.  Why  records  vary  in  this  respect  I  am  at  a 
loss  to  under  stand, -but  I  presume  you  know.  There  is  ^^eadybuzcing 
with  some  records, and  I  intend  to  "watch  out"  and  discover  if  it  is  any 
speciOkind  of  record  that  causes  more  noise-that  is,  violin,  or  solo 
singing, or— what?  It  may  be  that  when  a  Bingle  instrument  is  playing 
the^noise  is  more  in  evidonco.tho'  I  hardly  think  this  is  the  case. 

But  I  am  sincoroly  interested, and  am  going  to  find  out. 

:Tt  Mr.Edison, after  a  business  experience  of  half  a  century  on  «?  I»  , 
U  don't  think  it  an  intrusion  if  I  suggest  that  your  broadest,  biggest 
U  opportunity  is  with  an  instrument  at  under  a  hundred  dollars.  I  huve 
1  made  a  study  of  advertising, -of  publicity, -of  the  public  P“JBB>“B"d 
i  I  am  sure  that  where  a  thousand  can  and  would  put  out  say  . 

«  eighty  dollars  for  music,  not  a  hundred  would  feel  J““ii‘iBd  ln 
a  eignxy  soxiars  ,  exporience  of  your  friend  Henry  Ford 

a^ing  a  hundred^  Jake  your^o.80 

■  Jt  4-  ii 

and  have  the  arm  swing  as  in  tha  larger  instruments.  *ho? 
a  larger  horn,roundod,-and  I  fancy  the  rounded  shape  is  better, -and  make 
V *75  or  less  if  safo  to  do  so,— and  you  will  increase  the 
S  demand  a  thlusand  Jar  cent,  without  in  the  least  lessoning  the  demand 
5  Jorlhe  larger  sixes, -in  fact, I  believe  it  would  promote  sales  of  the 
-v  more  expensive  thus  perfect  the  one  I  mention. 

1  I  know  how  absurd  it  may  seem  for  a  novico  to  suggest  anything  to 
§  Thomas  A. Edison, -but  sometimes  it  is  a  good  thing  for  the ^pulpit  g 

%  a  sincere  and  frank  word  from  the  pews!  And  my  word  is  far; afield  from 
-2  f nr  T  am  an  enthusiast  over  tho  Edison  Diamond  Disc-having 

«  bought  five, and  influeJ^TSSTmore  to  buy  through  my  own  interest  in 
«  the  most  perfect  instrument  for  reproducing  *  v  wd  do 

i  I  havo  not  made  a  cent  out  of  this.nor  wished  to.  What  I  say  tuad  do 

.  _v  high  estimate  of  your  instrument, -and  I  have  made 

xf"*«mparisonB  enough  to  know, and  rejected  "a  conoission"  ,ro®  °^h^oro 
^wholly  because, in  music, nothing  could  induce  me  to  recommend  anything 
but  the  best  there  is.  Thie  is  why  I  venturo  to  make  my  suggestion. 

Very  sinceroly  yours,  „ 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Rdison.  Jan.  ”22nd,  1915.  r 

_4  Lakeside  Aye . ,  lu §S?5  * 

j^j*"^eing  very^muoh^EE-^yd  wit]j^your 
Hew diamond 4)iso  and  th^mer^inent  reproducing  point,  I,am  of 
the  opinion  that  a  larg'e~4nd  profitable  trade  can  be^orked  up 
in  Japan,  if  you  produce  Japanese  records.  The  Japanese 

graphaphone  dealers  are,  on  the  whole,  people  of  small  mj^ans 
and  ,  so  far  as  I  have  observed,  none  of  them  have  won/  any 
decided  success  in  their  chaotic  competition.  Their  efforts, 
however,  have  opened  the  ears  of  the  people  to  the  graphaphone 
enjoyments  at  their-  homes.  This  is  the  right  time  for  such 

financially  strong  company  •  as  yours  to  cultivate  the  field 
in  Japan  with  your  wonderful!  New  Diamond  Disc  records  of 
Japanese  music,  together  with  talking  machines,  if  possible. 

I  am  a  graduate  of  the  Commercial  Department  of  the  Rikkio 
University  ,  Tokio,  Japan,  which  is  known  in  this  country  as 
St.  Paul's  College.  I  am  thoroughly  versed  in  the  management 
of  sales  of  this  kind,  as  from  December,  1912  to  June,  1913  I 
served  as  auditor  in  the  Japanese  Branch  of  the  Singer  Sewing 
Machine  Company,  when  I  left  home  for  this  country  in  search 
of  a  big  thing. 

If  you  care  to  consider  any  arrangement  for  this  sugges¬ 
tion  of  mine,  and  to  employ  my  services,  I  will  come  and  more 
fully  discuss  the  matter  with  yoU? 

Awaiting  your  favourable  reply  at  an  early  date. 

I  am.  Dear  Sir, 

Your  obedient  servant, 

Paul  M.  Hiratzuka. 

Mr.  Edison: 




Please  note  Mr.  Ireton's  memo,  attached,  which  explains^^^t. 
the  class  and  kind  of  dealer  Holmquist  is.  rhe^ia^tj^p»f ^ 
machines  carried  in  stock,  also  the  business  aonef  torQjfoejgjp-& 
months  of  1914,  would  indicate  that  he  is  a  pret%  good  deale* 
but  I  do  not  think  it  would  be  advisable  for  you  to 
in  the  new  company  he  is  incorporating;  first,  because  they  do  nft 
purpose  handling  our  line  exclusively—  that  is 
handle  Eastfaan  Kodaks;  second,  I  do  not  think 
stockholder Wnany  company  unless  you  or  som! 

Who  is  to  bethek  head  of  it  and  are  satisfied  tl iJ  he  will  conduct 
the  business  in  Efficient  and  satisfactory  X  do 

not  think  you  should  establish  the  precedent  of  taking  stock  in 
corporations  doing  a  retail  business  only,  as  should  it  become 
known  that  you  have  done  this  in  one  instance  you  would  be  besieged 

ttfywill  also  ' 
iould  become  a 
j/know  the  man 

from  all  quarters. 

It  seems  to  me  that  for  the  present  at  least  any  stock 
you  may  decide  to  take  in  concerns  operating  the  selling  end  of  the 
business  should  be  confined  to  jobbers  whom  we  know  to  he  financially 
responsible  and,  from  experience,  capable  of  operating  a  large  and 
first-class  retail  store  and  that  such  store  should  handle  Edison 
phonographs  exclusively. 

Mr.  Holmquist  asks  you  for  a  suggestion  as  to  a  name  for 
the  new  corporation.  If  he  was  handling  phonographs  only,  I 
should  suggest  his  using  "Diamond  Disc  Phonograph  Company",  but 
as  he  is  handling  the  Eastman  Kodak,  I  do  not  see  but  that  the  name 
he  has  selected-  "Erie  Camera  &  Phonograph  Company",  is  as  good 

C.  H.  W. 


as  any. 


OFFICE—  JAN.  22-1915. 


I  called  upon  this  dealer  just  about  a  year 
ago.  He  then  conducted  his  entire  business  at  No.  1029  State 
Street,  but  told  me  he  intended  to  move  the  Phonograph  depart¬ 
ment  to  a  store  on  Sassafras  Street.  Prom  his  letterhead,  I 
note  he  has  a  branch  at  that  address.  A  Salesman's  report 
dated  October  30th,  1914  shows  that  he  is  handling  our  goods 
at  both  stores.  At  that  time  he  carried  a  stock  of  forty- 
three  (43)  Disc  Instruments;  twelve  (12)  Cylinder,  and 
complete  catalog  of  both  Disc  and  Cylinder  Records.  Purchases 
for  six  months'  period  ending  December  31st,  1914:  Disc  $4175; 
Cylinder  $179.  Mr.  Smith  of  Cleveland,  who  serves  this 
Dealer,  told  me  the  other  day  that  Holmquist  is  a  Foreigner, 
and  a  somewhat  difficult  customer  to  handle  because  of  his 
unbusinesslike  methods,  which  doubtless  are  due  in  part  to 
ignorance  of  American  ways,  but  it  is  claimed  that  he  has  been 
quite  successful  in  business.  He  is  the  only  dealer  in 
Erie  handling  our  Disc  product. 


A.  C\  IRETON. 


\  LV 


(^W^*f|C.  ®K  *Ak*t**&t&* 

-  ,  N  J 


Ur.  Thos.  A. Edison, 
Orange  ,Ii.ii. 

Dear  sir:- 

i  you 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  SSrid  you  now  have  at  least 
two  wide  awake  dealers  in  Diamond  Disk  Phonographs  intrant  on  getting  in 
the  game  here  does  not  appeal  .howeve^-  7 

that  offers  a  fair  possibility  of  returns,  \ 

Having  been  Secretary, General  tjtanager^  and  Pi : 
of  a  ten  million  dollar  company  open 

i  favorable  acquaintance  among  the 

(Zen^  ■ 

Lehigh  counties  I  have 
that  ought  to  be  valuable. 

I  have  just  sold  my  busineJk  £ 

.  AaAjC^ 

money  to  invest. 

A  general  agency  for  a  "best  seller"  in  alLUdf  part 
named  would  appeal  to  me  and  I  would  be  willing  to  ei 

guarantee  on  my  results  on  any  fair  arraingement^ 

If  after  satisfying  you  as  to  my  charactejpfabllit.y  and  loyalty 
think  there  is  an  opportunity  for  me  I  will  cometToraSg^or  elsewhere) 

_  ,e  counties 

a  contract 

giving  i 

for  a 

jersonal  interview  at  your  convenience  and  n 
Yours  very  truly. 

(U*  l#w.  —ft-  -  U-pf 

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3017  De  Groff  Way, 
Jan.  27,  1915 

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Rep.  Thomas  A.  Edleon,  Inc. , 
Kansas  City. 

As  I  told  you  when  you  first  explained  to  me  about 
Mr.  Edison's  latest  improvements  of  the  Phongraph,  I  hated  every 
of  mechanioally  produced  or  reproduced  music  and  the  only 
K?*  °5  ever  felt  was  near  reality  was  the  Victor  people’s 
*  Lieg  mir  an  Herzen”,  or  something  like  that.  When 
vour  men  brought  your  machine  to  the  house  all  the  family 
nooffed.  NowSfrom  Peter,  age  5,  to  his  grandfather,  age  75, 
we  all  admire  and  respect  Mr.  Edison's  miracle  of  musical 

As  musical  bred  for  three  generations  and  ®us3;°^,  °^“i0 

lnonords  which  have.  I  admit,  won  my  esteem  for  it  are  the  Rondo 
Capriccioso  played  by  Spalding  (  I  think  ),  the  'Louise  aria  sung 

“f.nrpS.srssr  ss^sss:.*  ss  e-Su.” 

character  in  the  high  positions.  Similarly  there  is  more 
breadth  and  character  in  the  vocal  tone  that  I  have  heard  before. 

But  as  in  performance,  so  in  reproduction,  purity  of  ensemble 
be  the  greatest  problem.  In  the  vocal  quartet  Mr.  Edison 
has  done  away  with  the  disagreeable  impression  of  four  voices  in 
one  throat  and  has  preserved  the  true  value  of  ensemble, 
which  is  that  every  voice  shall  be  capable  of  prominence  or 
retirement  as  required  by  the  score  and  that  at  proper  moments  all 
four  voices  shall  preserve  equal  and  distinguishable  tonal  . 

value  I  recognize  the  greatness  of  this  achievement  in  reproduction 
for  it  is  is  a  delicate  matter  to  match  voices  in  the  performance 
of  ensemble,  a  matter  too  frequently  belittled  by  musicians.  Again 
/perceive  it  has  been  done  by  the  preservation  of  those  delicacies 
of  tone  that  make  the  character  of  a  voice. 

As  to  the  orchestral  work,  it  is  the  first  time  I  have 
been  able  to  distinguish  an  orchestra  from  a  brass  and  wood  band. 
Oboe,  clarinet  and  ^ello  retain  their  character,  tuba  and  double 
bass  are  distinguishable,  and  even  the  violins  are  not  lost, 
although  there  is  still  much  to  be  done  toward  retaining  the 
exDressivn  sweep  of  the  string  ensemble.  By  the  way,  has  Mr.  Edison 
Iver  tried  a  good  string  quartet?  That  would  be  the  ^Itestofhis 
ensemble  reproduction.  It  would  mean  a  great  de*1  ran^c?1  P0ople 
if  he  could  put  on  some  of  the  great  quartets.  I  d°nt  believe 
any  of  the  other  people  have  done  It.  If  not  ho  ough  6 

that  there  should  be  no  difficulty  about  a  string  quartet.  I  think 
you1  said  something  about  symphonies,  but  musioal  people, //^anse  ’ 
would  value  string  quartets  —  as  a  musician  you  know  the  immense 
stage  of  development. 

I  insist  somewhat  on  th»*  because  all  the  people  who  have 
oncfadded  prais^o^othtS  makersHepertoires  to  their  admission 
o?  your  mechanical  superiority.  And  I  believe  you  could  make 
string  quartets  go  with  the  lowbrow,  too. 

Another  suggestion.  1  was  dining  with  U'orbds-Robertson 
the  other  day,  or  rather  he  v;as  dining  here  with  us,  and  I  asked  him, 
in  view  of  his  retirement  from  the  stage,  whether  he  had  taken  any 
steps  to  leave  a  record  of  his  famouB  Shakespearean  and  other 
dramatic  speeches,  so  that  the  many  generations  of  the  future  who 
will  be  taught  to  look  back  with  reverence  on  his  creations  might 
have  the  sound  of  his  voice  to  recreate  for  them  that  part  of 
the  characters  he  has  made  notable  in  the  history  of  the  stage. 

X  don't  think  I  put  it  all  in  one  sentence  —  but  anyhow  X  understood 
that  he  had  not  done  so.  He  did  not  seem  averse  to  the  idea, 
however,  and  if  I  had  knov/n  then  to  what  degred  of  perfection 
Mr.  Edison  has  brought  phonographic  diction  I  should  not  have 
hesitated  to  suggest  the  making  of  reoords  which  I  know  would 
be  valued  by  millions.  It  might  be  of  some  use  to  approach 
him  on  the  subjeot  while  he  is  in  America.  That  would  indeed  add 
to  the  Edison  repertoire.' 

Enthusiasm  I  see  has  turned  what  I  meant  to  be  a  note 
of  thanks  and  appreciation  into  a  letter.  You  are  of  course 
free  to  make  any  private  use  of  it,  including  my  suggestions, 
you  see  fit;  as  to  any  possible  public  use  of  my  unbiased 
comparison  of  the  Edison  machine  with  other  makas-Inara  sure 
you  will  not  do  anything  that  would  offend  the  susceptibilities  of 
advertisers  in  the  Star. 

Yours  sincerely, 

(Signed)  Karl  Walter 


The  National  Museum  is  endeavoring  to  com¬ 
plete  its  historical  exhibits  showing  methods  of  re¬ 
cording  and  reproducing  sound,  from  the  earliest  forms 
to  the  present,  and  my  object  in  writing  is  to  ask' 
if  your  Company  would  be  willing  to  contribute  one  of 
its  diamond  disk  phonographs,  together  with  five  or 
six  typical  disk  records,  to  be  selected  from  the 
Edison  catalogue.  Model  B.  60  would  be  entirely  suit¬ 
able  for  this  purpose . 

The  objects  now  in  this  collection  begin  with 
the  Scott  phonautograph,  followed  by  a  considerable 
number  of  pieces  of  early  experimental  apparatus  de¬ 
vised  by  Alexander  Graham  Bell,  Chichester  A.  Bell, 
Sumner  Tainter,  and  Emile  Berliner.  Our  Edison  phon¬ 
ograph  exhibit  begins  with  a  small  tin-foil  instrument, 
received  from  Dr.  Alexander  Graham  Bell,  of  the  kind 
made  for  use  in  schools ,  etc . ,  and  the  disk  machine 

would  show  the  highest  development  of  the  Invention. 
There  are  also  several  types  of  Edison's  wax-cylinder 
machines . 

The  tin-foil  instrument  which  we  now  have  is 
not  a  fair  representative  of  this  type  of  the  first 
Edison  machine,  and  in  addition  to  the  diamond  disk 
phonograph  already  mentioned  we  should  be  very  glad 
to  obtain  an  example  similar  to  the  one  shown  in  the 
accompanying  photograph. 

If  your  Company  is  in  a  position  to  furnish 
these  two  machines,  which  would  form  very  valuable 
additions  to  the  collection,  I  beg  to  assure  you 

that  the  courtesy  would  be  deeply  appreciated. 
Very  truly  yours^  ) 

c  i 

Assistant  Secretary 

in  charge  (of  National  Museum. 





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Mr  William  H.Meadowcroft 

Thomas  A. Edison, Orange, New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr  Meadowcroft: 

r.  Jan  29,1915 

I  dont  know  how  the  enclosed  witli  strike  you,  | 
but  I  feel  ae  though  X  had  an  inspiration  when  I  dashed  off  the  ^ 
enclosed  paragraphs , all  of  which  I  published  in  Fall  Rirer  Daily  C__ 
Globe  yesterday;  scattered  on  different  pages. 

They  certainly  impressed  the  business  manager  of  the  Globe, for 
this  morning  he  spoke  of  them  and  ordered  a  $250.  Diamond  Disc  sent 

to  his  home. 

I  would  be  glad  to  hare  Mr  Edison  see  these, himself , and  hare 
thus  put  them  in  easily  read  form  for  his  reading, etc. 

Am  selling  machines  right  along, just  as  though  there  had  been 
no  fire. 

With  kind  regards, 

I  gaye  three  demonstrations, 
and  talks  on  "Boyhood  of  Edison" 
last  week, and  am  giTing  four  more 



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Jan.  20,  1916 

Ur.  Ireton: 

The  Diamond  Beproduoer  Departments  are  now  in  a  position 
to  aooept  the  return  of  Diamond  Diso  and  Diamond 

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Feb.  1,  1916 

Please  issue  production  order  for  2000  additional 
model  30  phonographs,  ordering  the  neoessary  raw  materials 
with  the  exception  of  the  cabinets  v/hioh  I  have  covered 
separately  today.  You  of  course  will  take  care  of  the 
cabinet  hardware  in  the  usual  way  and  ship  it  to  the 
Yeager  Furniture  Co.,  Allentown,  Pa.  when  it  oomes  through. 

H.  T.  leeming 
Copies  to  Messrs.  Edis^  Wilson,  Ireton,  Mambert 

Mr.  Ireton: 

February  1,  1916 

Please  note  thi/t  it  has  been  deoided  not  to  resume  the 
manufacture  of  the  connection  for  playing  lateral  out  records 
on  our  Disc  Instruments.  Therefore  further  orders  for  this 
connection  should  not  be  accepted  and  the  trade  should  be 
notified  of  our  discontinuing  the  manufacture  of  this  part. 

HTL.BB  •  H.  leaning 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edistfn]  Wilson,  Maxwell,  Stevens,  It.  0. 
MoOhesney,  Hioolai,  Wetzel 

Mr.  Berggren: 

,1  S\  February  1,  1916 


Hof erring  to  your  Memo,  to  me  of  Jan.  18,  asking  for 
plans  and  specifications  of  the  buildings  belonging  to 
Thomas  4.  Edison,  Inc.  end  Edison  Phonograph  Works: 

Please  note  that  JOr.  Edison  has  decided  that  this  data 
should  not  be  compiled  at  tho  present  time,  but  rather  we 
should  wait  until  all  the  building  operations  are  oomplete 
and  we  are  finally  settled  and  then  have  the  work  done  ones 
and  for  all  and  keep  it  up  to  date  from  that  time  on. 

El'Ii .BB  /  H.  S.  Beaming 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Ed^fcn,  Wilson,  Chas.  Edison 

"■-JOax c/LMp&fa  -- » 

W>y  ■nfff/'trf//  £4(1  A  ft*)— 

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3032  Por Island, Avo. ,  ilinnoapolis,  -linn., 

're,  J.  . 

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r*s^4  ^  * 

While  in  one  of  your  sub  agent’ 3  display  rooms, 
listening'  to  him  nlay  one  of  your  "Diamond  Dink"  machines, 
an  accident  occurred  which  gave  mo  an  idea,  which  I  feel 

In  releasing  the  rod  that  holds  the  cover  with 
his  right  hand  his  left  hand  slippod  and  released  the 
cover  which  wont  down  with  considerable  noiso,  and  caused 
some  embarrassment.  From  tho  user’s  standpoint,  a  .ool 
proof  cover  would  bo  of  groat  benefit. 

Hy  idea  is  tho  use  of  a  small  bicycle  hand  pump 
cylinder  with  plungor  would  handle  a  reloaso  cover  any  de¬ 
sired  spood  into  place  and  avoid  embarrassing  noiso  or  pos¬ 
sibly  on  injured  finger- 

Hoping  you  will  accept  this  idoa  of  mine  in  tho 
spirit  I  givo  it,  1  am 

Yours  very  truly, 

We  are  having  an  awful  lot  of  trouble 
with  Hi  bo  Records;  the  ^oatin^  c^ok^g  t^ora^ing.^fc,  ^ 

Y;e  don't  knew  whether  the  cold  weather 
io  responsible  for  it,  or  whether  it  is  due  to  a  differ¬ 
ence  in  ingredients  necesei tated  perhaps  cy  mauili.-y  to 
secure  all  necessary  supplies  that  were  used  previous ,*to 
the  outbreak  of  ^ 

At  any  rate,  for  a one  tine  we  have  had  .n 
employee  who  does  nothing  but  inspect  every  Disc  Record 
before  it  leaves  the  store.  After  the  order  oj.  ticked, 
each  record  is  carefully  inspected  and  if  it  shown 

blemishes,  is 

replaced  wlth_i 

onxiv..Wnts  frequently  will  r - w 

dealer  with  as  high  as  of  them  Art. eked  or  crazea.  Ae 
hand  you  herewith,  one  letter  on  thd  subject  which  show: 
what  we  hr ve  to  contend  with  at  the  present  time,  and  ui 
tu  today,  we  didn't  know  what  to  tell  the  dealers.^ 


We  just  received  a  letter  from  your  Sales 
Department  explaining,  that  it  was  due  to  a  lessened  use 
.of  some  essential  ingredient  which  became  impossible  to 
secure  further  sup- lies  of,  on  account  of  the  European  »<ar. 

At  any  rate,  this  is  a  pretty  good  reason  and  shall  pass 
ut  out  until  we  have  a  better  one,  or  until  the  aiifucu-tj 

io  eo_ved.  ^  feit  however,  that  you  w:uld  like  to  have 
a  few  letters  from  the  trade,  and  give  you  this  one,  in  or¬ 
der  that  you  may  read  it  over  carefully,  as  it  deals  very 
fully  with  the  dealer's  point  of  view,  on  this  subjeot. 

Thoe.  A, 

Edition,  #2, 

there  is  only  one  thing  for  us to  a o  of  oa a... c, 
and  that  ie,  as  recommended  by  your  Sales  Ce^rtaent  to 
talte  up  these  defective  records  from  the  dealer  set 
them  aeide  for  return  to  the  factory. 

Y/e  hope  however,  that  the  trouble  may  be  eiim- 
iTi-tpd  GO  that  all  grievance  of  this  kind  will  soon  be 
done  a'"c-v  with.  It  is  a  dangerous  situation  however,  one 
that  we  sincerely  hope  our  Steel  K e e|_l| 
nn+  trpt  hold  of.  as  you  can  reaaily  see,  that  it  couiu 
uaed  as  an  argument  on  the  Buying  Public,  to  avoid  the 
purchase  of  an  Edison  Disc. 

estion  ~vx?io  fffi.sitsyt5£r2lssy".sir«ufr- 

hint  that V-y  perhaps  enable  us  to  take  added  precautions 
that  would  overcome  this  sort  of  thing,  we  will  oe  slud  to 
have  them. 

appose  the  Cold  leather  has  any  bearing 

Eno .  1 . 

February  3,  1915 

Mr.  A.  \l.  Soar non 

SI  it  or  In  Chief  of  the  Bulletins 

Norwich,  Conneotiont 

Boar  Sir:- 

In  answer  to  your  lottor 

of  the  ?.4th  nit.,  v.a  regret  to  hear  that  you  are  having 
tronhlo  with  your  Amhorola  VI  Phonograph.  Tho  host 
thing  for  you  to  do  io  to  return  the  phonograph  to  us 
transportation  oh  argon  prepaid  and  v.hon  roooivod,  we 
will  have  it  inspected  and  if  no  oro  at  fault  the 
instrument  will  ho  pflit  in  good  worrying  order  free  of 
charge  and  returned  to  yon  with  as  little  delay  as 
possible,  owing  to  the  big  fire  we  arc  not 
ouito  ns  well  equipped  to  handle  repair  work  as  here¬ 
tofore,  hut  we  will  do  the  host  we  can. 

Trusting  r.bis  will  moot 

with  your  approval,  we  are 

Yours  truly, 

Order  &  Service  Department 





IDes  5VJ©iiiries.  Feb.  1|-,  1915. 

Thos.  A.  Edison, 

C/0  Thoe.  A.  Edison, 
Ore-nee,  New  Jersey. 
Dear  Mr.  EdisonP- 

We  note,  in  the  Tvjenty-First  Supplement  t! 

>f  a  selection  entitled,  '"A  Song  Of  Steel1'  a„,cora- 
by  Charles  GilbertSp^o^,^^^^^  5c*.w 

Charles  Gilbert  Spross^is  a  New  Jersey  pro- 

duct  and  one  of  the  greatest  of  American  Pianist 
els  as  accompanist  for  some  of  the  greatest  operatic  sing¬ 
ers  in  the  country.  He  happened  to  be  Anna  Case1 s  accompan¬ 
ist  when  she  was  here  in  Des  Heines  and  had  an  engagemen ' 
after  Anna  Case's  tour,  to  accompany  Pasquaje  Ameyto 
accompanied  Melba,  Nordioa 
and  we  know  is  in  a  recepti- 
for  the  Edison  Company, 

number  of  the  great  artists, 
mood  and  would  cy  glad  to  re-^y 

He  travh  .  > 

lists,  ? 

_  ;hen  he  was  here  that  he 

.bout  five  of  hie  renditions  anc 
fMevery  time  they 
were  played  before  him,  -and  thatifto'msJk'&'arrangements  to  re¬ 
cord  some  of  his  piano  selections  for  the  Edison.  Vfe  Would 
like  very  much  to  see  some  of  is  selections  in  the  Edison 

He  told  the 

had  in  the  Victor  Catalog, - - -  - 

that  he  was  ''chagrined  and  ashamed  oftimaelf' every 
-  . d  before  him,  -and  thatTto^niskoarrangemer 

We  hope  cur  suggestion  meets  v/ith  your  favor, 
and  v/ith  kindest  regards. 

Very  truly  yours, 





Published  by 

The  John  Church  Company 

Cincinnati  New  York  London 


Charles  Gilbert  Spross 

(An  appreciation) 

CHARLES  GILBERT  SPROSS,  one  of  America’s  most 
spontaneous  creators  of  lyric  melody,  was  born  in 
Poughkeepsie,  New  York.  Giving  evidence  of  marked 
musical  talent  at  an  early  age,  he  studied  with  Adolph 
Keuhn  (piano)  and  Helen  J.  Andrus  (harmony)  in  his 
native  town;  and  later  supplemented  his  work  with  ad¬ 
vanced  courses  under  Xavier  Scharwenka  (piano)  and 
Emil  Gramm  and  Carl  V.  Lachmund  (theory  and  com¬ 
position)  in  New  York.  Since  then  his  activity  in  the 
three-fold  capacity  of  composer,  pianist  and  organist  has 
secured  him  a  distinctive  position  among  American 

Mr.  Spross’  compositions,  his  sacred  and  secular 
songs,  his  cantatas  and  choral  works  and  his  piano  pieces, 
have  won  that  higher  and  wider  meed  of  appreciation 
which  is  not  affected  by  the  passing  of  time.  As  a  com¬ 
poser  he  has  in  the  highest  degree  the  quality  of  sympa¬ 
thetic  understanding.  He  makes  his  song-poem  or  choral- 
text  his  own,  and  his  imagination  invariably  endows  it 
with  a  fine  and  freely-flowing  musical  setting.  He  is  un¬ 
surpassed  in  establishing  a  certain  refined  and  graceful 
harmony  between  his  text  and  music,  and  his  inspiration 
reacts  with  equal  power  both  to  the  purely  lyric  and  the 
dramatic  poem.  An  aristocratic  distinction  is  typical  of 
his  art,  and  he  is  vielsettig  in  mood.  He  has  enriched  the 
literature  of  the  American  art-song  with  notable  ex¬ 
amples  of  beautiful  melodies  of  varied  character.  Who 
does  not  know  his  charming  "  Will-o' -the-Wisp,”  a  strik¬ 
ing  illustration  of  textual  and  musical  unity?  In  the  dra- 


matic  field  we  have  his  " Lorraine ,  Lorraine,  Lorree"  and 
"The  Song  of  Steel”-,  and  typical  examples  of  his  work  as 
a  colorist  are  offered  by  his  Oriental  songs  "Ishtar,” 
" Nourah ”  and  "The  Dance  of  Swords,”  in  which  the 
exotic  flavor  of  his  poems  lives  again  in  exquisite  music. 
Few  American  songs  compare  with  his  "Come  down, 
laughing  Streamlet”  in  pure  lyric  charm,  and  his  creative 
impulse  finds  the  same  fine  imaginative  expression  in  his 
larger  choral  works  and  piano  pieces. 

Like  some  of  the  great  tonal  artists  of  the  eighteenth 
century,  Mr.  Spross  is  happy  in  the  dual  role  of  virtuoso 
and  composer.  A  pianist  of  rare  attainment,  he  is  unex¬ 
celled  as  an  accompanist,  and  association  in  this  capacity 
with  such  artists  as  Olive  Fremstad,  Johanna  Gadsky, 
Mme.  Schumann-Heinck,  Alma  Gluck,  Mary  Garden, 
Anna  Case,  Jeanne  Jomelli,  Alice  Nielsen,  Louise  Homer, 
Pasquali  Amato  and  Ricc&rdo  Martin,  most  of  whom  have 
used  his  songs,  is  an  eloquent  testimonial  to  his  talent  in 
this  direction.  He  has  also  made  a  name  for  himself  as 
organist  of  St.  Paul’s  P.  E.  Church,  Poughkeepsie;  Second 
Presbyterian  Church,  Paterson,  N.  J.;  Rutger’s  Presby¬ 
terian  Church,  New  York,  and  at  the  present  time  is  act¬ 
ing  as  organist  and  choirmaster  at  the  First  Presbyterian 
Church  of  Poughkeepsie. 

Mr.  Spross  takes  high  rank  among  modern  American 
composers  by  reason  of  the  genuine  and  undeniable  value 
and  beauty  of  his  creative  art  work.  To  his  wide  circle 
of  appreciative  friends  gained  through  his  musical  activi¬ 
ties,  must  be  added  all  those  who  have  come  into  personal 
contact  with  his  sympathetic  and  amiable  nature. 

Son gs  and  Duets 

Secular  Songs 



Secular  Sonjj  Cycle 

.  lli|!li  Voire 

Sacred  Sonjjs 

Sacred  Duct 


Piano  Solo 

MImiiii  li'iif.  (Left  hand  only)  . 

Two  Pianos 




2*250.  Anil  there  were  shepherds.  (Christ  urns) . 

•►.IIS.  A  Wilke  I  Tlmll  Hull  fltei.esl.  (Knster) . 

24!M.  Messed  1m»  the  Lord  Mod  of  Israel . 



221".  I>ny  n(  ReHUrreetion.  (Hauler)  .  • 

2281.  Fear  not  vo . ,•••••• 

•13011  In  till!  Ix.'j'iiimnt'wim  the  went .  . 
2412.  Jjiwj  kiiuUjMiijiA . 

2818.  'IV  Ileum  Uuilnimm  .  •••••• 

2252.  The  lainl  iny  paaturo  h  mil  prepun 
24411.  We  praise  Thee.  O  (  ( lu  Hell 
.  When  thu  day  «t  l’entecnst  . 

Sacred  Cantatas 

The  (IhristnniB  Ihiwii.  A  Cuiitnhi  for  I 

in!e  'l imh'Tcmihnii  fnr^eneraViiBe  fur  fniir  sulci  vu 

Women’s  Voices 

nixed  Voices 


■;0  mechanise  itself... and  so  mo  xnir.g  to  toi 
iniir.ation  of  the  friction  causod  by  tho  diun' 
hen  revolving. 

rubber  band  around  ti  e  tone  arm  in  such  a  wa; 
of  the  contact  of  tho  joint  against  tho  reooi 
mnUnr  the  voice  seem  more  distant.  I  v 

February  0,  3.015. 

Hcforring  to  the  cutter  of  the  new  model  $U?0. 00  Pine  Pbono- 
rraph  vfaioh  was  delivered  to  Hr.  Biloy  let  me  say  that  it  is  not 
being  taken  out  of  the  Laboratory  building.  As  you  arc  aware,  we 
are  educating  groups  of  Demonstration  men  every  week  at  the  lab¬ 
oratory.  Hr.  Constable  nata  to  Hr.  Biloy  that  inasmuch  as  this 
now  model  would  be  -*ut  out  on  the  market  before  c  great  while,  the 
Demonstrators  night  just  as  well  learn  the  mechanism  of  it  while 
they  were  being  educated,  so  that  here after  they  would  be  familiar 
with  the  machine  when  it  made  its  apreeranoe. 

In  regard  to  tho  premature  shipment  of  records  to  Hr.  Biley, 

I  must  take  the  blame  for  that.  His  Demonstrators  had  run  very 
short  of  records  on  account. of  the  fire,  and  the  Dealers  were 
running  so  short  that  they  did. not  want  to  let  any  more  go.  for 
this  reason  I  told  Gill  Baldwin  to  supply  Hr.  P.iley  with  a  lot  of 
reoords,  but  did  not  atop  to  think  that  lir.  Baldwin  might  send 
some  that  had  not  been  released.  Ghat  was  up  to  no,  However,  I 
have  obtained  tho  list  of  what  was  sent  to  .!Ir.  Biley,  and  the 
records  which  arc  not  yet  released  will  be  returned  to  Hr.  Baldwin 

Copies  to  Messrs:  Ire ton  and  Biley. 

504  West  151st  Street, 

Hew  York  City, 

February  5th,  1915. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  Kew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Yesterday  morning  I  telephoned  your  office  and  talked  with 
your  secretary  and  was  told  hy  him  that  if  X  oame  to  Orange  in  the 
afternoon  X  could  have  an  interview  with  you  personally  relative  to 
the  Rosenblatt  records,  concerning  which  we  spoke  on  Tuesday.  I  had 
with  me  20  records,  from  which  I  expected  you  were  to  select  6.  I 
oame  there  and  waited  four  hours  for  you  and  was  then  told  that  X 
oould  not  see  you. 

I  learned  today  from  Mr.  Hayes  that  the  reason  that  I  did 
not  see  you  was  that  you  did  not  know  that  I  was  there.  He  stated 
to  me  that  there  would  be  no  purchase. 

This  of  course ,  is  astonishing  to  me  after  our  arrange¬ 
ments  0-r  Tuesday.  I  hope  that  I  have  done  nothing  to  cause  you  to 
S  exception  to  my  conduct.  I  am  still  ready  and  anxious  to  carry 
out  our  arrangements .  I  shall  be  very  glad  to  come  to  you  at  any 
time  that  is  convenient. 

Thanking  you  for  your  many  courtesies  and  trusting  that 
I  may  be  able  to  see  you  both, as  to  the  sale  of  the  Rosenblatt  records 
and&to  sing  personally  for  your  company  at  a  very  reasonable  rate, 

I  am 

P.  S.  I  am  enclosing  you  a  letter  from  Mr.  Rosenblatt  which  shows 
my  authority  to  contract  for  him. 


Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson,  ( 

1st  Vice  President, 

Dear  Sir:- 


,  February  6,  1915. 

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After  a  year  of  experimenting  on 
Edison  records,  I  have  discovered  a  material  f< 
which  produces  the  tone  and  volume.  It  is  abi 
proof,  will  stand  boiling  water,  will  not  burn  under 
and  can  be  placed  in  a  refrigerator  over  night  at  zero  tempera-  p 

ture.  The  durability  of  it  is  a  lifetime.  There  is  no  cork  £**  _ 

used,  and  the  manufacture  of  the  material  requires  comparatively  f  V 

small  outlay,  with  no  waste.  A  substitute  can  be  used  for  the  i  e 

gum  washers  that  will  not  be  affected  by  heat,  gases,  etc.,  and - -4 

which  will  answer  the  same  purpose.  Your  inspector,  Mr.  Chote, 
heard  the  tone,  and  asked  me  to  try  to  improve  on  the  vibration  ? 

and  blasting.  The  scratching  has  been  reduced  to  at  least  2o  jr 

per  cent.  I  have  played  some  of  your  high  class  operatic  pieces,  **- 
and  it  seems  to  be  almost  perfect.  I  promised  to  write  Mr.  Chote — -j- 
if  I  made  any  improvement  as  to  vibration  and  blasting,  and  would  V 
refer  you  to  Mr.  William  W.  Gibson,  Resident  7tenager,  McKee  Instru-  P 
ment  Co.,  Jobbers  and  Dealers  in  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phono-  £ 
graphs,  Baltimore,  Md.  I  have  demonstrated  it  to  Mr.  Gibson  a  P 
number  of  times,  and  he  had  pronounced  it  as  being  an  excellent 
part.  I  have  also  demonstrated  it  to  Mr.  David  Newcomer, 

Hanover,  Pa.,  who  has  one  of  your  $250  machines,  —  ”  “  r 

judge  of  music. 

I  would  like  to  demonstrate  thiB  attachment  to  you,  and  will 
be  glad  to  call  at  your  factory  or  any  place  you  maydesignate.^ 

I  feel  sure  about  the  durability  of  it, 
the  tone,  etc.,  after  you  hear  it. 

My  son,  Ivan  White,  of  Hanover,  Pa.,  is  your  agent  a^\that^ 

,  and  is  i 

,  and  you  can  decide  about 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  an  early  reply,  I  i 
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Mr.  Hirdt 

I  am  today  forwarding 
master  records—  Serial  Ho.  3577-*y  Powers,  th  e 

comedian,  for  a  special  Yaudevilla  act.  Will  you  arrange  to 
haye  a  mould  made  from  one  of  these  masters  and  a  l/2  dozen 
prints  from  same  and  send  same  to  the  Recording  department. 

I  do  not  think  it  would  he  necessary  to  make  more  than  one 
working  mould,  lhe  other  master  can  he  held  in  reserve  in 
case  something  happens  to  the  first  mould. 

Mr.  Edison  has  given  permission  to  have  thiB  work 
done.  Will  you  please  issue  shop  order  if  necessary. 

W,  H.  Miller 


Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison,  Grimes,  McMullen,  Hopper,  Hayes  and 

• . 1 

Andante  from  Fifth  Symphony,  Beethoven, 
Overture  to  Leonora,  f3,  " 

Pastoral  Symphony, 

Moonlight  Sonata,  ist  Movement,  " 

'  The  » Unfinished “  Symphony,  Schubert, 

Largo  from  "Hem  Morld"  Symphony,  Dvorak, 
Pilgrim's  Chorus,  Tannhauser, 
ilntermez so,  Cavalleria  Rusticona, 
&0,18{parcarollc,  Tales  »f  Hoffman, 

"Last  Hope 5  Gotlschalk. 

Of  the  records  in  my  collection  those  which  are  most  perfect  are 
the  lighter  music,  such  as  "An  tovoir"  "Apple  Blossoms  AUta 
and  "Lam  of  the  Tyrolienne".  These  leave  tittle  indeed  ta  b 
wished  for,  hut  the  heavier  selections,  like  eilliam  Tell  and  t 
s  ;  ..  ■«■**  ••• 

Serenade  is  another  lovely  number  I  hove,  tho  marred  by  false  in¬ 
tonation  in  its  opening  measuras-mhich  also  spoils  the  Evening 
star  (Tannhauser)  as  played  by  Hr.  Gruppe  on  the  Cello. 

In  the  vocal  music  conditions  seem  to  me  similar,  for 
xhile  such  a  very  common  sort  of  thing  as  "Drifting"  is  given  -so 
perfect ly  one  can  almost  imagine  the  living  singers  are  present 
many  of  the  $3 operatic  records  arc  decidedly  "screamy"  and  have 
discordant  overtones  and  harmonies. 

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IPS,  the  Chronicle  of  Edison  Events,  finds 
an  interesting  study  of  the  man,  Edison, 
on  his  birthday,  when  one  naturally  looks 
for  signs  of  depression  after  the  experience  of 
the  past  two  months,  and  finds  only  buoyant 

The  poise  and  infinite  patience 
of  the  trained  scientist,  who  looks 
on  all  reasonable  problems  as  only 
delayed  accomplishments,  is  now 
Edison’s  safeguard  from  worriment 

and  discouragement.  The  rapid 

\  “come-back”  of  our  industries  is 
actually  adding  zest  to  his  life  and 
making  his  birthday  a  time  for 
honest  congratulations,  both  for  bis 
,  business  acumen  and  courage  and 
for  his  bodily  health. 

Edison  at  the  Progress  Boards,  illustrated 
on  the  first  page,  is  a  sure  enough  snap-shot 
but  it  sufficiently  pictures  the  German  military 
thoroughness  and  system  that  he  has  injected 
into  an  organization  which  had  to  move  out 
of  a  pile  of  cinders  — start  to  work  quickly  — 
and  keep  moving  with  the  clock. 

What  our  shops  are  doing  in  every  indus¬ 
try  is  plotted  on  the  Progress  Boards.  Every¬ 
thing  must  come  thru — from  tools  to  stock— or 
it  shows  up  on  the  boards.  They  are  the  time¬ 
tables  of  the  Delivery  Express.  They  keep 
Edison  cool  and  patient  like  an  engine  driver, 
making  his  stations  on  schedule,  sure  of  the 
power  and  control  under  his  hand. 

But  the  real,  perennial  secret  of  Edison’s 
strong  mind  and  body,  Tips  believes  is  found 
in  his  “tomorrow”  attitude.  With  him  today 
is  tomorrow  in  the  embryo,  tradition  is  twaddle 
and  the  past  is  only  useful  in  discovering  ways 
for  the  future.  So  when  that  pesky  blaze  caused 
us  all  some  inconvenience  there  is  no  doubt 
about  it  that  Edison  found  in  the  reconstruction 
something  that  was  new,  big,  creative  and  worth 
while  to  engage  his  inexhaustible  energies. 

All  of  us  should  get  this  lesson  from  Edison 
on  his  birthday  and  appreciate  that  a  whole 
life’s  training  of  “tomorrow”  work  prepared  him 
for  this  fire  check  and  the  job  of  rehabilitating 
his  industries— a  job  of  magnitude  that  would 
turn  the  average  man  into  a  phonographic 
pessimist  and  his  business  over  to  the  junkman. 

May  it  ever  be  told  of  Edison  that  he  didn’t 
count  his  gains  on  his  fingers,  chuck  the  Dictat¬ 
ing  Machine,  and  go  in  for  the  big  money  when 
it  came  to  double  quick  deliveries.  The  E.  D. 
M- better  than  ever,  the  Telescribe  and  the 
Transophone,  kept  step  with  the  production  of 
the  Gold  Plated  Diamond  Disc;  and  they  did 
quite  as  well  as  their  “society”  brother,  consid¬ 
ering  the  number  of  parts  to  be  made  and 

^  MS**"* 

'»  OFl’ICE-FEBEt 


.  oW 

I  attach  herewith  statement  shov/ing  the  ( 

and  demonstration  work,  since  it  \ 

(  duJt'  hS^  differej^ 

offices  -  separating  Riley  'scSbsI from  Mrs,  fiscal  andlfo^anT'^Sider 
the  different  office s^^^wTl ln<ft icK^^ab o rat o^jy^f" thfs  covers  thef*^ 
salaries  and  traveling  e^faiesof^fley^yfid  such  other  help  as  come 
under  the  Laboratory  pay  roll.  dZ****00**  ^ 

■  The  statement  covers  the  expenditures  for  each  month' 
in  a  lump  sum,  but  if  you  wiBh  it  submitted  in  detail  -  that  is,  as  tc 
salaries,  automobile  hire,  express,  traveling,  etc.,  I  have  the  data 

the  statement  by  months  is  owing  to  the  fact  that  the  different  offices 

create  accounts,  which  t 

j  rendered  only  monthly;  therefore 

it  best  to  make  same  up  in  this  manner,  but  if  you  wish  me  to  make  it 
up  each  week,  I  can  do  so,  but  where  the  bills  are  onlyrendered  onoe  a 
month,  of  course,  the  last  week  in  a  month  would  show  abnormal  expenditures. 

i  if  you  desire  the  statement  in  any 

Copy  to  Mr.  Wilsqj 














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oearsir:"  < 

I  beg  to  submit  to  you  a  Tewlines  .also  to  take  up  V*. 
a  little  of  your  valuable  time.  In  the  first  place, I  would  like  to 
tell  you  that  my  wife  and  I, are  the  proud  possessors  of  one  of  your 
"Fireside"  phonographs , equipped  with  a  diamond  point  reproducer , and  =r 
somewhere  in  the  vicinity  of  100  to  120  records.  X  am  unable  to  W 

describe  to  you  what  enjoyment  we  get  from  this  machine, out  on  the  cp  t 
Canadian  prairies  at  40  below  zero, but  Mr  Edison  there  are  one  or  two  W  p- 
things  that  you  could  do  more  for  us  yet, even  if  we  had  to  pay  a  few  % 
cents  for  the  accommodation, and  that  is  .that  you  would  enclose  with  A  “jj 
such  records  as, Mi  chiamano  Mimi  (28122)  and  several  others  in  «  ST 

the  Italian  language, which  although  beautiful  to  listen  to  from  a  t 

musical  point  of  would  be  better  appreciated  if  one  could  ^  ? 

follow  the  songs  with  the  aid  of  a  translation, or  better  still, have  S  K 

some  English  speaking  artists  sing  them.  Taking  things  on  the  whole,  P 
we  really  have  no  complaints  to  make  regarding  the  vocal  records, but  y  T 
I  am  afraid  Mr  Edison, that  we  are  going  to  suffer  somewhat  in  regard  t  F" 

to  instrumentals  Etc, on  account  of  your  new"Disk"  machine, for  which  *■  v 

the  best  of  the  artists  are  performing.  It  13  going  to  be  kind  of  5 

hard  on  us  people  who  have  gone  to  work  to  get  a  "Cylinder"  machine 
and  as  good  a  collection  of  1st  class  records, as  we  could, to  have  to 
sit  in  some  other  person's  house, and  listen  to  superior  music , simply 
because  they  have  a  "Disk"  machine.  It  is  not  everyone  who  can  afford  t  ( 
a  "Disk"  machine, also  the  more  expensive  records , which  you  will  admit  H 
are  kind  of  high  for  working  men, although  impossible  for  working  men  t 

to  have  as  good  a  taste  for  good  music, as  for  our  more  fortunate - a 

brethrenCf inancial)  I  am  only  a  working  man, and  it  is  a  great  treat  ^ 
for  me  whan  my  work  is  finished  for  the  day, to  sit  and  hear  some  good  jr 
music.  I  3ee  by  the  "Disk"  Catalog  that  Kathleen  Parlow  plays  "Melodie"  St 
besides  "Nocturne  &  Menuett  &  others.  On  the  Cylinder  we  onlljftwo  of  » 

the  Cylinder^ 


Edison  that  more  would  be  welcome  < 


This  letter  is  not  meant  to  convey  to  you  Mr  Edison, a  bunch/kicks  or 
complaints , but  merely  to  call  your  attention  to  a  little  thing  that 
might  before  have  escaped  your  notice.  We  cannot  thank  you  enough  for 
your  invention, and  what  it  has  given  to  us, especially  in  this  Canadian 
North  West, on  the  prairies  in  Winter.  We  cannot  think  that  you  would 
have  us  used  the  same  as  the  V — ~  people  would  use  us. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  any  little  improvment 
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Gent lemon: 

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mail  this  morning/  was  ovidantly  sent  *" 



to  ns  in  error. 

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your  department,  we  are  returning  it  here¬ 

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My  dear  Sir:  / 

'  Hoping  that  you  will  pardon  me, I  enclose  a  crude  drawing 

of  a  little  device  I  have  attached  on  the  automatic  stop  of  my  A. 250 
.Diamond  Disc, and  which  I  have  found  to  he  quite  useful  at  times.  Not 
being  a  draughtsman,!  do  not  know  as  I  can  give  you  a  clear  impression 
of  it.but  the  purpose  of  it  is  to  stop  the  machine  when  any  record 
other  than  a  full  length  is  finished. 

A  triangular  piece  of  metal  was  clamped  over  the  finger 
of  the  automatic  stop, the  outer  side  being  toothed  one-sixteentli  of  an 
inch. On  this 'was  attached  a  sliding  bar, held  in  position  by  brackets 
and  a  small  spring, and  also  fitted  with  a  catch  to  fit  into  the  toetli 

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on  the  edge  of  the  tfiangle .  Beneath  the  toothed  edge  was  attached 
a  paper  scale, numbered  to  correspond  with  the  teeth  from  one  to  eight. 

The  finger  of  the  stop  moves  about  one-sixteenth  of  an  inch 
while  the  reproducer  is  moving  over  the  record  about  one-eighth  inch. 
Setting  the  sliding  bar  so  that  at  No.l  on  the  scale  it  is  flush  with 
the  end  of  the  automatic  stop, for  each  sixteenth  of  an  inch  it  is  ad¬ 
vanced  the  -machine  stops.' one -eighth  inch  shorter  on  the  record. By 
measuring  from  edge  of  center  circle  to  end  of  reproduction  the  scale 
number  is  obtained  by  placing  >:o.l  at  one-fortli  inch, which  is  the 
intervening  distance  on  a  fuil  four  minute  record, and  useing  each 
succeeding  number  for  each  added  one-eight  inch  of  space. This  number 
I  mark  on  theccenter  of  record  or  envelope, and  when  starting  the 
machine  it  is  very  little  trouble  to  set  the  scale  accordingly. 

Being  enthusiastic  over  the  New  Edison, and  having  lately 
become  a  local  agent, I  hope  that  you  will  pardon  me, and  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 

C T 


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i.  produo  S  25.1  r.»"K  U 

of  ansio.  I  _/f  ^  M 

Y/e  have  had  grant  difficultly^" ' 

In  supplying  our  Edison  Disc  customers,  au0W^ Lm/ 
as,  Popular  Songs  song  In  the  Billy  Muirny  TKi  (  , 
atyle.  While  yea  have  a  eood  assortment  K  Ju 
of  the  hotter  class  of  Music,  vixich  would  T 

appeal  to  a  certain  class,  we  haw  *°u"“  1 

that  the  same  people  who  huy  the  good  class  ^ 

of  Music  want  tho  popular  as  well.  W  i\UAyJ^‘u> 

wo  soil  a  party  an  Sdlson  "Diamond"  Disc.  ,/ _ tf 

Phonograph  in  order  to  supply  him  with 
Records  of  his  choice  he  must  hay  the  attach  |U^ 
ment  to  play  the  Victor  or  Columbia  Becords.  J 

This  wo  have  found  with  most  oases  when  rt 

Edison  Disc.  Phonographs  ware  sold.  tf 

We  do  not  understand  why  iAy*  > 

the  majority  of  Edison  Disc.  Records  are  yjV  rtf 

of  Instrumental  Music.  V/e  have  found  in  >>  | 

this  city  that  the  biggest  sallers  for  Y <yuL*'  />{£*  ^ 
Columbia  and  Edison  Cylinder  Hecorda(|J^.> 

always  the  Vocal  Music,  the  majorit y  P*  ft** 

ing  of  the  popular  style.  We  have  been  p  L  |  _ 

selling  quite  a  number  ofDisc.  Record  a,  /TM  fit 
But  our  sales  would  have  been  doubled  If  r  .  t/'xf 
had  had  the  stylo  of  Music  to  compare  with  J  ^ 
other  Cromaphone  ooncorns.  ' 

We  note  on  the  20  th.  Supple^  '  £ 

rent  a  Record  wae  puhllehed  of  "Tales  of  jtM'jf’tftr 

the  voice  in  this  ^ 

Record  would  havo 

brourot  out  first ,  as  ’ w ~ 

particular  muolc  is  very  fine,  and  would 
have  boon  a  groat  Beller.  We  hope  thiB 

Wo  aro  putting  this  up  to 
you  because  we  had  the  same  trouble  before 
Blue  Amberol  Records  were  published.  Hot, 
ws  find  that  we  must  have  then  on  the  Disc, 
as  most  of  our  high  priced  Instruments  have 
been  sola  to  French  people,  and  while  they 
buy  all  classes  of  Records  they  prefer  ...uslc 
In  their  own  language  • 

Dear  Sir ' '  w**  **  —  ~Q  ^  X. 

In  regard  to  the  matterNJT  my vfoiTfcing  for  the 
liaison  Co..,,  about  which  we  were  in  correspondence  some  time 
ago-  : 

Our  correspondence  dropped  rather  suddenly,  due, 
possibly,  to  the  fire  and  the  rush  of  business  for  you,  or 
possibly  to  the  outline  of  work  and  suggestions  for  compen¬ 
sation  which  I  sent  you,,  not  quite  meeting  your  ideas.  And 
in  respect  to  these  matters  I  hope  you  will  not  fail  to  give 
me  your  views. 

I  have  made  a  point  of  keeping  in  touch  with 
your  new  records  and  feel,  as  strongly  as  ever  I  did,  that 
I  can  be  if  service  to  the  Edison  Co.,  both  in  suner^H wine; 
dance  records  and  in  assisting  in  the  general  selection  of 
'  numbers  for  recording..  I  do  not  think  my  work,  along  such 
lines  should  interfere  seriously  with  those  who  at  present 
have  this  matter  in  charge.  In  fact,  I  think  consultation  is 
needed  in  the  matter  as  much  as  anything. 

I  am  very  desirous  of  talking  rith  you  or  with 
someone  in  authority  about  this  matter.  I  can  hardly  give  you 
by  letter  a  satisfactory  impression  of  my  iaeas..  would  it  be 
possible  to  see  you  or  someone  else  here  in  Philadelphia  ?  Or 
I  could  present  myself  in  N.Y.  for  thjLs  /purpose  as  I  am  often1, 
over  there  for  week-ends,. 

I  want  to  convince  the  Edison  Co.  of  what  I  am 
mys ■••if  sure  -  that  I  can  be  of  assistance  in  the  recording 
room,  or  rather,  department. 

Very  truly  yours, 


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Mr.  Meadovcroft: 

In  regard  to  the  attached  letter  would  say  that 
I  are  making  a  series  of  dance  instruction  records  agd  have^ 
secured  the  services  of  Wm.  titt  Rivers,  who  is 
authority  on  dancing.  These  records  have  already  been 
blocked  out  and  are  ready  for  recording,  and  I  do  not  see  how 
we  cm  use  this  man's  services  for  anything  I  know  of  just 
at  present. 

W.  H.  Miller 

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Edison  Laborat.orJ>"r~— 

Edison  Phonograph  Company, 

7  P9b-  16  ■ 

f  IUJX.  **■ 

>>  von  ore  in  rosltion  to  f 

we  write  to  Inquire  whether  you  are  in  position  to  figure 
on  making  for  us  a  run  of  5 i  inch  Records,  under  our.own  Brand, 
von  arc  no  doubt  aware  that  the  Columbia  Graphophone  company  are 
maHng  ouch  records  for  a  party  here  in  Mew  York,  who  is  putting 
Uiemunaor  the  name  of  the  little  "Wonder"  Records. 

Wo  have  an  outlet,  for  a  small  record  and  could  work  up 
us,  which  would  be  mutually  profitable  and  satisfactory. 

Kindly  let  us  know 
to  take  this  mat.tsr  lip  wit 
arrange  a  personal  intervi 

>w  by  return  whether  yrr  ore  in  positio 
,1th  us.  If  so,  we  will  be  pleased  to 
'view  here  In  Hew  York',  or  at  your  fact 

W.  G.  FAWCETT  E&tBOtt 

Stantonb  iisr  attJi  fflglittimr  pimuujrapljH 
anil  SteroriiB 

Salem,  Gflio,  r,/  -^p  19  IP. 

Tli os.  A  lidison,  Inc. 

Orange,  K. 

Gentlemen:  i 

Last  week  I  was  in  Cleveland  and  was  very  impressed  with 
the  campaign  you  were  putting  on  there  with  the  gentlemen 
from  the  factory  giving  demonstrations..  I  am  inclined  to  thinl 
if  I  could  have  one  man  in  Salem  for  a  week,  I  would  arrange 
for  demonstrations,  not  only  in  Salem,  hut  in  the  small  towns 
around  Salem  and  feel  that  it  would  he  worth  your  consideratio: 
Awaiting  your  early  renly  I  an, 

yours  very  truly, 

ti.  G.  Fawcett. 

Gentlemen:  . 

You  will  find  enclosed  a  copy  of 
a  communication  addressed  to  Mr.  Meadowcroft,  t&e 
gentleman  close  to  Mr.  Edison,  dictated  by  Mr.  Herbert 
J.  Turney,  Cleveland,  under  date  of  the  17th  instant. 

Will  you  kindly  advise  by  return 
of  post  what  there  is  to  this  matter,  and  if  there  is 
anything  we  can  do  to  assist. 

It  seems  to  me  that  some  time  ago, 

Mr,  Turney  wrote  us  direct  and  our  impression  is  that 
you  reported  that  his  complaint  was  satisfactorily  adjust¬ 
ed  at  that  time. 

We  will  refrain  from  acknowledging  Mr. 
Turney's  letter  addressed  to  Mr.  Meadowcroft  until  we 
hear  from  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Dictating  Machine  Dept. , 





Mr.  William  Meadowcroft, 
Edison  Labr&tory, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Mr  G.  S.  Campbell,  who  we  believe  is  connected  with 
your  company  in  the  Sales  Department,  was  at  the 
Armory  of  the  5th  Infantry  last  week  in  an  effort 
to  have  your  musical  phonographs  placed  in  the  cluo 
rooms  of  the  various  organizations  of  that  command. 

My  opinion  was  asked  as  to  the  desirability  of  such  a 
purchase.  I  very  plainly  expressed  same,  that  I  was 
of  the  opinion  that  it  would  not  be  desirable  for  the 
organizations  to  make  the  investment,  and  on  being  ask¬ 
ed  the  reason  therefor,  by  Mr.  Campbell,  I  told  him 
plainly  that  it  was  by  reason  of  the  fact  that  my  law 
office  had  invested  in  a  large  equipment  of  the  bus¬ 
iness  phonographs  of  your  manufacture,  and  the  net 
result  to  have  been  difficulty,  trouble,  annoyance, 
and  a  final  discontinuation  of  the  system,  with  a  to¬ 
tal  loss  of  the  very  large  sum  invested. 

Mr.  Campbell  asked  me,  as  a  personal  favor,  if  I  would 
write  you  direct.  He  said  he  believed  that  you  would 
arrange  with  your  local  agent  instantly  to  take  the_ 
matter  up  with  this  office,  and  see  to  it  that  the  mer¬ 
chandise  was  put  in  such  a  condition  that  it  might  give 
the  service  that  it  was  advertised  to  give. 

We  stated  to  Mr.  Campbell  that  our  past  experience  gave 
us  little  hope  in  this  regard,  but  that  nevertheless, 
we  would  write  the  letter. 


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430  William  Street, 

East  Orange. 

2Si<d.  February.  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Dear  Mr.  Edison, 

I  feel  that  1  must  now  let  you  know  the  excellent  results  6 
to  my  voice  that  have  eome  about  through  the  suggestions  that  you  kindly 
gave  me  when  !  last  sang  to  you,  and  1  trust  that  you  will  allow  me  to  come 

and  let  you  hear  me  again  some  day  when  it  will  be  most  convenient  to  you. 

I  am  living  in  East  Orange  for  a  little  while,  and  I  can  come  almost  any  day. 

You  may  remember  that  when  1  sang  "Annie  Laurie"  for  you  you  pointed 
out  that  acertaln  part  of  my  voice  had  a  quality  in  it  that  I  must  find 
and  go  after  persistently,  and  that  my  lower  register  tended  to  he  guttural. 

I  have  worked  patiently  to  remove  this  fault,  and  it  is  the  general  opinion 
in  the  profession  that  my  voice  has  wonderfully  changed. 

It  has  been  a  great  disappointment  to  me  to  hear  that  my  last 
record"Annie  Laurie"  is  not  considered  satisfactory,  but  as  this  was  made 
by  your  desire  directly  aftr  I -sang  that,  song  to  you,  the  great  change  in 
my  voice  had  not  been  worked  out,  and'  I  may  also  say  that,  they  gave  me  littic. 
time  for  it  at  the  Hew  York  Laboratory. 

I  have  not  any  doubt  that  I  can  make  you  a  valuable  rocond  now. 

Believe  me. 

Yours  faithfully. 

%  codj  cuMdJh/1  dee  "G> 

©Ije  Pjonngraptj  (tapnratum  of 

Edison  Distributers 


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Mr.  0.  H.  Wilson,  GeWal  Manager, Uv 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ine.^  (r.  ftjZi 

Oranga,  II.  J.  ,\~i  ‘  U  4- 

[.  Wilson,  General  Manager,*  |  ■  \'/£\ox'r 

..  Edison,  Ino.A  d  rtjC‘ ,,U% y  '  •. 

Dear  Mr.  Wilsons  v  „  YA.  v 

1^1*80  sending! you  heiWth  copy  of  a  re-  \ 

port  which  J  believe  is  eelf-eikanatory.  -  ..  *  ^ 

I  am  merely  sending  you  this,  thii^g 

might  he  of  interest.  I  do  not  mean  to  infer  that  in  a  (J 

great  many  of  the  oases  we  cannot  satisfy  the  customer  with  | 

the  talent  we  already  haves  hut  it  is  interesting  to  toon  u  1  I  _  .  ■'-'/> 

the  number  of  requests  we  have  for  Viotor  talent  and  these  .  -  |  \fltLirr  u 

requests  are  all  probably  from  machine  prospects  -  or  at  h***' 

least,  people  Who  have  not  yet  secured  an  Edison  Maohine./  p 

r+.  ia  also  interesting  to  note  the  relative,.  1 3 ,Jg2UtMA*vv 

also  interesting  to  note  the  relative 


The  following  is  a  summary  of  a  report  made  from  oardB  turned  in  by  floor 
salesman  at  the  Edison  Shop,  Hew  York.  These  reports  extend  over  aperiod  of 
about  three  weeks  of  the  latter  part  of  January  and  the  first  part  of  February. 
The  salesmen  were  instructed  to  make  note  of  each  interview  they  had  with  pros¬ 
pective  customers  and  also  as  to  whether  or  not  a  customer  requested  talent 

— «  «•»  what  talent.  -'***' 

that  we  do  not  catalog,  and  if  i 

1  also  requested  the  salesmen  to  m<jke  note  of  the  number  of  people  interviewed 
who  had  heard  the  Edison  Phonograph  at  a  recital  given  by  the  demonstrators  from 
the  Edison  Laboratory. 

Out  of  a  total  of  404  interviewed,  I  find  that  23S  requested  talent  that  is 
foreign  to  the  Edison  catalog  and  10  mentioned  the  fact  of  having  heard  the 
Edison  Phonograph  at  a  recital  given  by  the  demonstrators. 

Listed  below  are  the  number  of  requests  for  different  artists: 



Me  Cormaok  ^0v  \a\eKt 

General  requests 










Foreign  Songs 

A1  jolson 




Maul  Powell 
Hemps 1 

I  feel  that  the  above  information  is  accurate  only  in  so  far  as  it  gives 



In  regard  to  the  number  who  had  heard  the  Edison  Phonograph  at  concerts  given 
by  the  demonstrators  -  I  doubt  very  much  if  this  is  a  fair  percentage,  as  I 
find  that  the  salesmen  instead  of  drawing  out  the  parties  interviewed  on  this 
matter,  only  msde  note  of  when  the  point  was  mentioned  to  them. 

You  will  also  note  that  the  vote  showing  the  popularity  of  the  various  artists 
does  not  tally  with  the  numbers  who  were  interested  in  these  artists,  as  several 
requested  more  than  one  artist. 

Phonograph  Corporation  of  Manhattan, 



jNashville,  Tenn.,  Fab.  24th.,  1915, 

Mr.  Thoa.  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J., 


as  many  abortive  "musical  efforts*  as  is 

ealled  upon  to  listen  1 
the  average  mas,  I  feel  sure  that  we  might  safely  rechon  on  your 
liranedi at eas s i s t anc e ,  even  the  it  did  not  hold  out  promise  of  large 
financial  return. 

I  would  suggest  that  you  make  a  series  of  Records,  plan¬ 
ned  to  teaeh  the  four  leading  voices  in  small  choirs. 

1  Reoord  for  the  instrumental  part,  preferably  an  organ. 

1  •  giving  the  quartette  and  organ 

1  *  record  for  each  voice  separately,  with  organ. 

The  subjects  being  familiar  hymnB--  say  about  25  selec¬ 
tions  from  each  of  the  leading  denominations  to  start  with. 

My  idea  is  that  the  musio  is  usually  poor  in  small  com¬ 
munities,  more  from  lack  of  training  than  from  want  of  moderately 
good  material  --  with  this  plan  each  voice  could  hear  his  (or  her) 
part  sung  by  a  star  and  hove  it  repeated  over  and  over  until  every 
tone  and  inflection  was  as  familiar  as  the  sounds  about  the  house 
and  as  readily  copied.  Then  when  each  had  learned  their  individ¬ 
ual  parts  (at  home)  they  eould  meet  and  hear  the  combined  effect 
and  then  substituting  their  own  voices  for  the  records  sing  to  the 
accompaniment  reoord  --  However  detail  is  unnecessary  —  If  you 
think  well  of  the  plan  and  think  that  the  suggestion  is  worth  any¬ 
thing  I  can  be  found  at  the  address  given  below. 

Yours  very  truly. 

106  Park  Circle, 
Nashville,  Tenn., 

February  26th, IBIS. 


You  will  observe  that  we  referred  a 
cony  of  a  communication  dated  February  17th .addressed  to 
you  by  Ur.  Turney, to  our  people  in  Cleveland  for  advice. 

You  will  find  attached  an  original 
communication  from  Jir.  Be  id ,  President  of  the  Roach-Held 
Company,  our  distributors  in  Cleveland  with  reference  to 
this  matter,  which  is  self-explanatory. 

Probably  you  will  want  to  show  Ur . 
Reid's  report  to  lor.  Campbell  or  anyone  else  interested. 

We  haven't  written  to  2, 'x .  Turney  at 
all  and  hardly  think  it  the  part  of  wisdom  to  do  so,  but 
as  his  letter  is  addressed  to  you,  we  take  it  for  granted  v 

that  .,ou  will  want  to  decide  that  phase  of  the  situation. 







Fiji  Dfic  Sdidoiv  ^Dictating  cHlacliiue_  FH 


February  33,  1915. 

Thorns s  A.  Edison,  Inc., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Attention  Mr.  Nelson  C.  Durand. 

Your  letter  of  Febru? ry  19ylencl08 ing  a  copy 
of  a  letter  addressed  to  Mr.  MeadowcreTtfrom  Mr.  Herbert 
J.  Turney,  of  Cleveland,  is  certeinly  very  amusing,  for 
this  man  is  doing  all  within  his  power  to  be  nasty. 

In  his  letter  he  refers  to  a  large  equipment 
of  business  phonographs  for  his  law  office,  and  you  may  be 
interested  to  know  he  had  three  or  four  old  second-hand 
wood  cabinet  machines.  I  think  three  of  them  he  got  as 
assignee  for  the  old  Norwalk  Motor  Car  Co.  One  of  them 
he  purchased  from  Mr.  Roach  for  either  forty  or  fifty 
dollars,  so  I  doubt  very  muoh  whether  his  equipment  has 
ever  cost  him  to  exceed  $100. 

Some  three  years  ago  he  was  using  it  occasion¬ 
ally,  and  asked  us  for  service.  After  waiting  for  about 
six  monthB  for  payment  of  our  invoice,  he  would  claim  the 
work  was  unsatisfactory,  then  he  would  allow  his  machines  to 
fall  into  disuse,  and  in  that  way  would  get  them  cleaned  up 
and  put  in  order  again.  We  finally  placed  him  on  a  cash 
with  order  basis,  and  he  then  wrote  the  Dictaphone  Company 
that  he  had  some  of  our  machines,  which  were  very  unsatis¬ 
factory,  and  wanted  them  to  get  them  back  in  service.  They 
went  up  there  once  but  "never  again". 

In  one  or  two  instances  he  tried  to  work  us  for 
a  commission,  claiming  that  some  client  of  his  was  consider¬ 
ing  Dictating  Machines,  and  that  he  could  either  kill  it  for 
us,  or  put  us  in:-right. 

On  two  different  occasions  he  threatened  to  sue 
your  company  and  ourselves,  claiming  the  machines  were  not 
in  accordance  with  your  advertisements. 



RqACH-ReID  (9MPANX  „i9 

FHT  Dfvc  fxli&oit  3)  totaling  ‘Tflacliine-  TjB  SESS^K 


Mr.  Durand.  (s) 

About  s.  month  ago  when  we  were  attempting  to 
buy  all  the  maohinee  which  we  knew  were  not  in  use,  *■ 
called  him  up  and  offered  him  #36.  . 7 5 4  of 
and  he  claimed  he  would  not  sell  them  for  less  /with 
their  list  value,  and  of  course,  we  could  do  nothing  with 

We  believe  if  your  legal  department  t0  . 

make  some  inquiries  regarding  hie  ' 9t?v^ipIaiaotei  of‘ the  max? 
would  be  thoroughly  satisfied  as  to  the  character  of  the  man 

who  wrote  you. 

In  conclusion,  this  is  the  only  user  of  this 
type  that  we  have  in  our  territory,  end  we  found  it  ad¬ 
visable  to  stay  away  from  him  entirely. 

Yours  truly, 


ovo/t  President. 


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C.  J.  Snyder  8c  Sons 

railroad  contractors 


n  arbor.  Michigan..  Feb  .  27,  1915. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino., 

Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph, 

Orange,  Kovx  Jersey. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

I  have  been  trying  to  get  up  courage  to 
write  this  letter  for  some  time,  and  feel  that  it  is 
not  out  of  place  as  we  have  been  a  family  of 
"Edison"  enthusiasts  for  several  years.  Have  had 
three  Edison  phonographs,  an  Edison  Standard, 

Amberola  VI,  and  finally  Diamond  Disc  Lodel  A  200. 

We  are  exceedingly  well  pleased  with  our 
i,,,.  machine  vet  so  far  there  has  been  something 
sad!y  !ack?ng,yand  that  is  the  voice  of  Will  Oakland . 
He  has  always  been  our  favorite  singer,  and  we  had 
practically  every  Oakland  record  *he  old 

wax  four  minute  and  the  Blue  Amberol  records. 

„  a.  mt  l? oil™  in  K1K  “»5Tt 

that8^  Oakland'*  s^voic^would  "make  exceptionally 
beautiful  records. 

Hoping  you  will  pard 
making  this  criticism,  I 

my  presumption  in 
Yours  very  respectfully , 

Atlas  Commercial  Company 



Kr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

West  Oriuage,  Hew  Jersey. 
I,Iy  dear  Ur.  Edison: - 

,PO«TOlUC O  1915. 

_  _  _  0^  %h  1 

Your  new  disk  phonograph  is  the  ^tttalg 
Then— while  hearing  tt.  I  hegLn  "i^lQQ  ^  the  reproduction 

tween  the  carrying  quclity  of  for  several  hours  oare- 

on  the  phonograph.  I  studied  the  rattuer  xor  m0ney  tQ 

fully,  and  an  ™Ac  .ne  °  m  .  If 

you,  you  can  put  your  own  P r  1  \^o*ru  «rv  ^  ^ 

(~  The  human  voice  not  only  P r  e^o^l r ^ 

»«sS3ifr  #« 

V _ -theory. 

Tf  the  surinK  motor  of  your  phonograph  were  to  contain  a  fan 
after  being  produced,  were.^t®^HyJve  a  volume  of  sound  not 

5„r,  ™u  «ra  s~rss«s  is"s<zs“s  sw  .i» 


open  air. 

I'm  a  salesman,  married,  doing  a  moderate  business  now.  And 

B i  Hlrknsr  “  s  =£■.»  xsrxz?  a- 

I  have  also  known  of  the  possibility  of  under  officials  of 
large  corporations  taking  advantage  of  such  ideas  to  their  own 
benifit.  Hence  the  careful  direction  and  care  in  delivery.  I 
would  be  glad  to  hear  from  you  in  regard  to  this  matter. 

Carl  1.  Reed, 

45  Concordia  St. , 
Ponce,  Porto  Rico. 



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March  9th.  1915. 

Hr.  EDISON*. 

As  per  your  request,  I  called 
the  Hew  York  Office  at  fen  Fifth  Avenue 
on  the  telephone  and  found  that  Hr.  Riley 
had  an  appointment  with  a  few  of  the 
Dealers  and  that  he  would  he  in  later. 

I  therefore  gave  your  message  to  his  Assis¬ 
tant,  Hr.  William  Paynter,  who  answered  as 

"I  heg  to  advise  you 
that  eight  men  left 
here  Sunday  night  for 
Cleveland,  to  cover 
Akron,  Hohnstown , 

Columbus,  and  surround¬ 
ing  towns." 



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Mr.  Edison: 

March  9th,  1915. 

Regarding  your  memorandum  on  report  of  machines 
passing  final  test  March  8th. 

I  would  not  see  you  in  a  hole  for  anything  and 
will  make  every  effort  to  get  out  more  hig  machines.  We 
are  assembling  a  great  many  more  motors  hut  unfortunately 
they  were  not  put  into  cabinets.  The  muting  attachments 
are  not  yet  finished  but  we  will  send  theBe  by  Paroels  Post. 

Hereafter  motors  will  be  assembled  into  the  big 
cabinets  over  at  the  Works.  We  will  simply  ship  them  the 

The  following  is  report  of  motor  assembly  for 

Disc  150  and  up: 











Mr.  Bachman  left 
before  signing. 

The  American  Magazine 


March  10,  19 IE 

Mr.  Y/illiam  H.  Headoworoft, 

The  Edison  Company, 

Orange ,  H .  J • 

My  dear  Mr.  Koudoworoft: 

Just  drop  me  a  line  will  yon  and  tell 
V;lintiipr  there  is  a  chance  for  the  works  to 
f4e  a  record  ?or  Yachel  Lindsay,  the  poet  ^ .horn 
I  wrote  you  about.  .  He  is  eomxngalonguexein  a 
reeh  or  two  and  has  poked  me  up  on  the  subjocu. 

I  want  to  be  definite  with  him,  that  s  all. 

I  wish  you  would,  let  me  know  whenever 
von  are  in  town.  I  would  like  to  see  you.  That 

inconvenience  to  you? 

Faithfully  yours. 



Mar oh  10,  1915. 


U  It... 

Dear  slr:  *W^/  lu1  ^  A 

Would  you  be  interested  in  a  mechanism  to  be  f  — 
attaohed  to  your  Talking  Machine,  by  which  a  great  vari¬ 
ety  of  speeds  could  be  automatically  obtained,  say,  from 
one  to  one  thousand,  which  would  have  the  result  of  allow¬ 
ing  three  to  five  times  as  muoh  being  placed  on  a  present 
disc  record  as  it  now  contains}  to  make  the  diso  record 
as  efficient  as  the  whole  cylinder  record. 

The  enclosure  shows  you  briefly  the  advantages 
of  this  patent,  which  I  have  on  hand, as  applied  to  talk¬ 
ing  maohines. 

If  you  are  at  all  lnteresiw  in  this  matter,  I 
would  be  glad  to  furnish  you  blue  print  and  detailed  des¬ 
cription  of  the  same. 

I  am  sorry  to  hear  of  your  losseB  by  fire,  but 
no  doubt  this  would  be  an  opportune  time  to  introduce 
a  change,  such  as  this  would  cause,:  as  it  could  be  ar¬ 
ranged  for  when  rebuilding  your  plant. 




The  advantage a  of  suoh  an  attachment  aB  above  outlined, 
upon  the  present  talking  maohine  are,  among  other  things:. 

1.  That  one  thousand  Bpeeds  oan  he  obtained  by  this 
devioe,  whioh  is  the  only  automatio  multiplying  gear  in  ex¬ 

2.  That  although  complicated  in  drawing,  the  same  oan 
he  made  so  as  to  he  placed  in  a  small  inoloBed  metal  oaBe, 
all  of  which  can  run  in  grease,  and  therefore  prevent  inter¬ 
ference  or  tampering  hy  the  ordinary  user. 

3.  This  meohaniBm  is  so  arranged  that  the  displace¬ 
ment  or  relaxation  of  the  needle  to  any  position  on  the  re- 
oordfWill  automatically  set  the  gears  for  the  appropriate  speed*. 

4.  , It  does  not  interfere  with  direot  drive  for  the  pre¬ 
sent  form  of  record,  as  the  motor  oan  he  operated  independent 
of  this  attachment  when  retired. 

5.  The  distanoe  covered  on  the  outer  periphery  of  the 
disc  for  a  given  amount  of  record  is  identically  the  same  aB 
the  distanoe  covered  hy  the  some  amount  of  reoord  material  on 
the  innermost  periphery  over  whioh  the  needle  travels. 

6.  This  devioe  produoeB  on  a  diBc  reoord  the  same  efficien¬ 
cy  and  economy  of  space  that  a  direot  drive  gives  on  a  cylin¬ 

7.  The'  expense  of  manufacture  is  comparatively  small 
compared  to  the  advantages  gained,  and  Bhould  not  materially 
increase  the  present  oost  of  maohines. 

8.  The  entire  foundation  of  thiB  aooompliBhment  is  due 
to  the  ability  of  being  able  to  produce  numerous  speeds  with 
one  pair  of  gears. 

•  9.  The  speed  changing  is  so  fine  that  it  is  impero.epMr 


ible.  Whatever  la  recorded  will  likewlee  he  reproduced  without 
any  disturbance  or  complications. 


It  would  soon  to  tho  writer  that  if  r 
made  at  all  those  desired  by  the  dealers  and  public  oan  just  as  well 
be  listed . as  anything  else..  Sincerely  trust  you  have  already 
anticipated  this  condition  and  that  the  next  -1st,  "a  oil 
future  ones  will  be  more  in  accordance  with  what  is  desired  by  the 
greatest  number  of  our  patrons. 

/{zOfYps*  &  Gon.  llgr. 



The  RLS’-Wl LLIAM  S  &  SONS 


Ur.  H.  G.  Stanton, 

The  E.  S.  Williams  &  Sons  Co. .Ltd., 
Toronto ,  Ont. 

Bear  Sirs- 

V,'e  have  been  receiving  ooraplaints  lately  from  all  classes 
of  record  buyors  of  Blue  Araberol  records.  The  complaints  that  are 
most  frequently  registered  are  the  shortage  of  Grand  Opera  records, 
and  Concert  records.  You  will  notice  that  the  list  for  February 
which  I  have  enclosed,  contains  none  of  this  class  of  selections 
and  in  faot  we  have  not  received  any  since  last  October.  The  Victor 
list  for  the  one  month  of  February  shows  16  Grand  Opora  and  concert 
selections,  or  about  55  in  all  for  the  months  of  December,  January 
and  February,  and  with  the  complete  list  of  special  Grand  Opora 
records  JUBt  rooorded  brings  the  total  to  over  100.  A  great  many  of 
our  oust  oners  when  they  purchase  Anberolas  are  buying  seme  with  the 
idea  that  they  can  purchase  a  number  of  Grand  Opera  and  Concert 
selections  by  good  artists,  and  become  rather  disheartened  when  month 
after  month  none!  of  this  class  of  records  appears  in  the  catalogue. 

.  You  will  notice  in  the  list  mentioned  that  all  of  the  dance 
selections,  with  one  exception,-  are  made  by  the  national  Promenade 
Band,  and  the  selections  on  this  month’s  list  have  been  the  poorest 
sellers  of  any  dance  selections  we  have  ever  had  listed,  and  we 
attribute  this  to  not  enough  variety,  "he  classical  band  se.eotions 
have  all  been  listed  before  on  the  Amberol  reooids  and  did  not  make  a 
very  strong  appeal  to  the  customers. 

If  we  wish  to  keep  the  sale  of  Blue  Amberol  records  up  to 
the  standard,  we  would  suggest  your  taking  this  matter  up  with  the 
Edisan-co.,  suggesting  that  the  popular  records  tosungbysono  of 
the  newer  artists  and  in  this  way  giving  artists  like  Billy  Murray, 
Elizabeth  apencer  and  Walter  vanBrunt  a  little  rest.  Have  ^anoe 
selections  recorded  on  piano  or  good  orchestra  with  plenty  of  drummers 
traps,  Grahd  Opera  and  concert  selections  by  artists  who  are  making 
selections  for  Edison  Disc  and  popular  songs  ocming  out  at  the  proper 
time  instead  of  two  or  three  months  late. 

There  is  a  big  field  for  the  Blue  Araberol  records  and  everything 
will  rest  on  the  way  the  Edison  Co,  produce  the  monthly  lists,  not  only 
for  the  regular  record  buyers  but  for  new  machine  purchasers. 


nearly  50 j5  of  our  customers,  both  disc  and  cylinder, 
return  records  that  are  imperfect.  She  imperfections  on  the  Blue 
Amberol  records  are  unevenness  in  running,  reoordB  wearing  white 
and  a  great  number  of  pin  holes,  and  the  greatest  complaint  regarding 
the  Diso  records  is  the  checking.. 

Wo  are  returning  over  100  records  taken  from  our 
stock  to  the  wholesale  today  and  over  150  were  returned  about  three 
weeks  ago,  so  you  can  readily  understand  that  some  of  these  reoords 
oheok  after  the  customer  has  purchased  and  used  for  a  short  time. 

Yours  truly, 


Gentlemen: - 

tt  reply  to  jooroof  the  lot  lot,  *•  »»*•  «“* 

„18h  .  rtrttar  s*pl»n»tlon  of  «ta«  w.  •»»  *  «»  M““ 
talas  of  low  »•  “»  ttot  ™  »f=»l»S  to 

oylinler  rooorJo.  In  wMoh  w.  «M  «ta  oolootloao  one  not  pooa 
in  material  quality,  but  in  selections. 

you  will  note-  by  looking  over  these  lists  that  the  Edison 
selections  are  usually  about  two  months  behind  the  time,  when  differ- 
ant  selections  are  popular.  Of  course  this  is  a  great  handicap,  as 
many  of  these  songs  and  pieces  are  only  popular  for  a  very  short  time, 
and  the  sale  of  these  selections  depend  on  when  they  are  popular,  and 
by  the  time  the  Edison  people  get  them  out,  the  thing  is  all  over. 

We  also  notice  that  the  Edison  people  are  catering  to  a 
middle  class  and  lower  class  of  trade:  as  there  list  does  not  show 
anything  that  would  appeal  to  musioa^eduoated  people,  and  this  is 
why/we  make  such  a  complaint,  as  many,  of  our  .customers  have  bought 
expensive  machines,  and  each  month  get  more  disgusted-  at  the  sel¬ 
ections.  in  fact  last  months  were  even  worse,  than  they  have  been 
so  far.  We  do  not  know  who  is  responsible  for  thiB,  but  we  think 
that  the  Edison  people  should  try  and  secure  higher  class  music.  We 
wish  that  you  would  take  this  matter  up  with  the  Edison  people,  and 



see  if 
out  in 

on  this 


H.S.W.  &  3.-2. 

we  oannot  get  tlie  selections  each  month;  as  the  pieces  come 
sheet  musio,  as  the  other  manufacturers  of  talking  machines 

We  hone  that  you  will  take  this  matter  up  with  the  fidiaon 
and  if  you  think  it  would  be  of  any  use  for  us  to  write  them 
subject,  kindly  let  us  know,  and  we  will  be  pleased  to  do  so. 
Thanking  you  for  your  letter. 

We  remain, 

Yours  truly, 

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Recently  as  a  representative  in  the  legislature  I  improved  my  rights 
to  see  this  man.  He  is  a  stance  mixture  of  man  and  boy,  has  kept  his 
sanity  and  read  much  ,  learning  the  Italian,  Spanish,  Oerraan  and  French 
1 anruares.  He  was  rauoh  impressed  by  your  wonderful  invention,  and 
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To  hear  a  phonograph  for  the  first  time  is  truly  a  treat.  The  / t>  1  .p  1  „  , 

following  is  a  pen-picture  of  the  impressions  received  fC/UuM  P7~SaWf£< 

by  one  who  has  just  had  this  experience,  ~+4l 

M.  S.  P.,  Feb.  t4th,  1915  timbre  and  in  time,  all  clear  without 
Unless  out  in  my  reckoning,  we  interfering;  all  blending  into  an  al- 
had  today  a  valentine  of  the  first  most  visual  seeming, 
order  in  the  concert  given  by  the  As  in  the  song,  "The  Banks  of 
Edison  Diamond  Point  Phonograph,  the  Brandywine,"  where  several  dif- 
Being  in  cold  storage  41  years—  ferent  voices  were  heard— all  clearly 
since  I  was  14  years  old — it  may  be  though  differently  keyed,  but  all  in 
lama  back  number;  but  I  was  harmony;  and  likewise  in  the  selec- 
carried  back  in  mind  to  the  Peace  tion  before  this  one,  where  the  tri- 
Jubilee  in  1872,  when  I  stole  up-  angle  (if  that  is  the  name)  was 
stairs,  away  from  my  work  at  the  struck,  and  the  characteristic  metallic 
lunch  counter,  to  hear  Madam  Ger-  ring  and  hum,  was  the  very  thing  in 
ster  (1  think)  sing  “The  Star  Span-  life  and  most  expressive,  as  I  heard 
gled  Banner" ;  and  to  the  Howard  it  at  the  Jubilee  43  years  ago. 
Theatre,  at  about  the  same  date—  Finally,  I  would  say  that  all  these 
my  only  standards  of  comparisons,  selections  were  rendered  without 
The  twang  of  the  banjo  at  the  seeming  formal  or  machine-like. 
Howard,  and  the  trills  and  other  There  was  no  flatness  in  the  ex¬ 
musical  ornaments  (if  that  is  the  pression,  and  all  seemed  a  reflection 
term)  of  that  prima  donna,  as  well  you  might  see  in  a  looking-glass — 
as  her  mannerisms,  if  a  musician  the  exact  image  reproduced, 
would  so  say,  were  all  most  wonder-  I  can  truly  say  my  thanks  are  due 
fully  expressed  today ;  and  the  first  for  the  great  privilege  here  recorded 
impression  was :  how  natural  in  the  — a  privilege  to  live  in  so  wonderful 
seeming ;  expression  modulated,  an  age  as  this ;  a  privilege  to  be  of 
blended  without  a  hitch  or  rough-  the  same  race  and  nation  which  pro- 
ness  and  smoothly  simulated  in  har-  duces  such  marvels  as  the  phono- 
mony;.  exact  time,  quality  unim-  graph.  . 

paired ;  clearly  heard  and  vividly  RememberingthatEdison — wisely 

"real,  as  it  were,  whether  human  called  a  wizard— would,  in  ages 
voice,  banjo,  or  instrument  of  any  gone,  meet  a  different  reception  and 
sort.  fate,  the  bonfires  in  his  honor  to- 

Especially  I  would  note  the  seem-  day  would  then  have  been  of  a  dif- 
ingly  infinite  variety  of  the  sound,  ferent  sort. 

all  in  harmony;  one  chord  would  The  world  moves,  and  I  do  not 
be,  say,  on  a  high  key  or  note;  and  doubt  that  greater  marvels  are  be- 
then,  at  the  same  time,  coming  in  fore  us,  for  which  let  us  hope  Mr. 
without  a  break,  an  altogether  dif-  Edison  may  long  be  spared  to  the 
ferent  key  or  note  would  be  heard  world. 

— expressive  as  in  the  reality,  in  - - - 


Meosra.  Ireton,  L.  0.'  MoChesney,  Leonard,  DavidBon  and 
Hallo well: 

Ab  you  are  aware,  the  new  Jobber's  Agreement 
will  oontaln  the  following: 

"Ho  application  shell  be  submitted,  from 
a  dealer  who  is  handling  any  other  line  of  sound  repro¬ 
ducing  instruments,  unless  the  Company's  previous  con¬ 
sent  to  the  submission  of  such  application  shall  have 
been  obtained.". 

Ehis  provision  is  to  be  enforced  strictly/  In 
those  oases  where  it  Beems  advisable  to  consider  the  applioa- 
Son  of  a  deK  who  is  already  handling  the  Viator  or  Colum¬ 
bia  or  other  sound  reproducing  device,  we  should  require  the 

establishment  of  a  separate  Edison  Department  undOT  separate 

management.  In  the  case  of  a  small  store  it  will  not 
ordinarily  be  possible  for  the  dealer  to  comply  with  this 
condition,  and  this  faot  fits  in  with  our  policy  of  giving 
exclusive  Edison  dealers  sufficient  elbow  ro°m  ^Bti^ 
them  in  handling  the  business  the  way  we  want  it  handled. 

The  proposed  arrangement  of  dealers  cards  by  oomties  has 
as  one  of  its  objects  the  development  -In  our  own  minds,  at 
least  ~  of  zones  of.  operations  for  our  dealers,  in  vmion  we 
shall  endeavor  to  get  them  to  exploit  the  Edison  line  by 
means  of  recitals  and  follow  up  the  recitals  by  home 
demonstrations  and  canvassing  -  the  way  . iB J^e 

East  Orange  Shop.  Where  we  get  a  dealer  who  will  jori  a 
given  territory  in  this  way  it  obviates  the  neoeasityof 
so  many  dealers,  and  we  need  have  no  oompunotions  about  ton¬ 
ing  down  the  dealer  who  is  handling  the  Viotor  °r 
snl  wants  to  handle  ours,  but  has  no  spaoe  for /.separate 
Edison  department  and  is  unwilling  to  throw  out  the  other 
line  that  he  is  handling. 

Mr.  Edison  and  Mr.  Wilson  have  approved  the  policy 
of  declining  to  accept  the  applications  of  dealers  who  are 
handling  the  Viotor,  Columbia  or  other  lines  of  sound  repro- 
duoingdevioes  unless  they  will  subscribe  to 
conditions,  which  have  been  incorporated  ^  form  of  letter 
on  which  the  dealer's  acceptance  of  suoh  conditions  is  to  be 
noted  in  the  manner  indicated.  You  will  observe  from  f^e 
ptoase^o^  of  tols  letter  that  it  is  framed  to  meet  conditiors 
in  department  stores  and  other  large  storeB.  We  think  the 
occasion  for  its  use  will  be  limited  principally  to  suoh  stores. 

Where  conditions  make  any  of  its  language  inappropriate,  the 
text  can  of  oourse  he  changed  so  long  aB  no  departure  is  made 
from  our  policy. 

"With  reference  to  your  application  to  become 
a  dealer  In  Edison  Diamond  Disc  and  Diamond  Amberola 
phonographs  and  records,  we  wish  to  oall  your  atten¬ 
tion  to  the  fact  that  this  new  product  posBeSBes  vastly 
greater  selling  possibilities  than  any  of  the  so-called 
talking  machines.  By  investigation  and  merchandising 
experiments  oonduoted  in  an  experimental  store  not  far 
from  our  factory,  we  have  discovered  the  methods  which 
we  believe  are  likely  to  yield  the  largest  volume  of 
business  and  profits  to  the  merchant  handling  the  new 
Edison  line.  It  has  been  demonstrated  quite  conclusive¬ 
ly  that  these  methods  cannot  be  employed  to  the  best 
advantage  in  a  department  handling  other  lines  of  sound 
reproducing  devices,  and  furthermore  the  new  Edison 
instrument  being  capable  of  exploitation  in  many  ways 
that  are  impossible  with  talking  maohineB,  it  iB  desir¬ 
able  that  our  line  receive  the  undivided  attention  of 
a  competent  manager. 

In  the  matter  of  advertising  it  is  also 
desirable  that  the  advertisements  of  the  Edison  line 
be  kept  separate  from  advertisements  of  other  sound  re¬ 
producing  devices.  There  is  so  maoh  that  can  be  said 
about  the  new  Edison  whioh  cannot  be  said  about  so- 
called  talking  machines,  that  it  is  very  unsatisfactory 
to  have  Edison  advertising  combined  with  talking  maohine 
advertising  in  the  way  it  is  usually  done  in  a  combina¬ 
tion  ad. 

With  this  prefaoe,  let  us  say  that  we  shall  be 
very  glad  to  accept  your  application  subject  to  the  term 
and  conditions  of  our  license  Agreement,  and  to  the 
further  conditions  named  below,  viz: 

(1)  That  you  are,  in  advance  of  receiving  our 
goods,  to  install  a  separate  Edison  Diamond  Diso  Depart¬ 
ment,  which  shall  be  entirely  detached  and  partitioned 
off  from  any  department  in  your  store  where  other  sound 
reproducing  instruments  are  handled. 

(2)  That  the  location,  size,  arrangement  and 
equipment  of  this  department  shsll  compare  favorably 
with  any  other  department  or  departments  in  your  store 
in  whioh  other  kinds  of  sound  reproducing  devioes  are 
handled,  and  that  it  shall  be  subjeot  to  our  approval. 

(3)  That  the  manager  and  all  sales  people  in 
the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Department  shall  sell  Edison 
goods  exclusively,  and  shall  not  be  engaged  or  interested 
in  the  sale  of  any  other  sound  reproducing  device. 

(4)  That  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Department 
shall  appear  in  all  of  your  stare  directories,  and  that 
all  passenger  elevator  conductors  in  your  store  shall 
he  required  to  snnotmoe  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Depart¬ 
ment  whenever  their  oars  stop  at  the  floor  on  which  it 
is  looated. 

(6)  That  you  shall  spend  at  least  aB  much  money 
in  advertising  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph  in  the 
newspapers  and  elsewhere  as  in  advertising  any  other  lines 
of  sound  reproducing  instruments  that  you  may  handle,  and 
that  your  advertisements  of  -the  Edison  Diamond  Dlso  Phono¬ 
graph  shall  he  separate  and  detaohed  from  your  advertise¬ 
ments  of  any  other  sound  reproducing  devioe,  and  that 
the  copy  shall  he  written  wiihout  any  reference  to  the 
faot  that  you  are  handling  other  lines  of  Bound  repro¬ 
ducing  instruments. 

(6)  We  held. eve  it  is  reasonable  to  expect  you  to 
do  a  business  of  at  least  per  year  in  Edison 

phonographs  and  records  (figured  at  the  prices  you  pay), 
and  we  shall  consider  this  at  least  one  means  of  esti¬ 
mating  your  aotlviiy\  in  pushing  our  line. 

If  these  conditions  are  acceptable  to  you  and  are 
accepted  within  ten Vclaya  from  this  date,  we  shall,  as 
above  stated,  be  very. glad  to  act  favorably  on  your  appli-  • 
oation.  We  enolose'an  extra  oopy  of  this  letter  for  your 

Yours  faithfully , 

We  hereby  aooept  and  agree  to  the 
conditions  enumerated  in  -this  letter 
this  .  day  of  191  . 

I  propose  to  cover  in  the  new  Dealer's  Agreement 
the  oaBe  of  o  one  erne  that  take  ohour  line  exclusively  but  later 
add  some  other  line  of  sound  reproducing  devioe. 

The  foregoing  polioy  will  be  incorporated  in  the 
manual  for  our  supervisors  and  Jobbers'1,  salesmen.  It  was  announced 
to  the  Jobbers  in  the  memorandum  which  Mr.  Wilson  read  to  their 

Executive  Committee  ana  which  I  read  to  the  convention  at  large. 

ESKi.”S  at 


C.  C.  to  Messrs.  Edison  and  Wilson. 

Sitin'  DCSIua&viA 


■  SDtafttonS  3)i6&  ffifianay'iap/iA 


Mr.  "to,  .-..  S,.i„„»>o»«  *»»  '  *N  rrA.«f 

Irirurt  *«*il  /■  i».  UoVS-  f 

Dear  Sirs- 

.Ur  ec  X-*™[ 

V/e  have Jrecently  followed  with  a  great  deal  of  *7 

interest  a  sound  box  which  has)  been  invented  by  a  local 
Doctor  by  the  name  of  Alva  D.  Jones. 

On  Tuesday  I  viaa  invited  to  listen  to  a  demonstra¬ 
tion  of  this  invention  by  Dr.  Jones, who  has  established 
offices  here  in  the  Witherspoon  Building,  and  has  e  demon¬ 
strating  room  with  the  various  types  of  machines  including 
one  of  our  #£00-A  Edison  Disc’s. 

I  spent  two  hours  with  the  gentleman  and  his 
representatives  and  I  know,  without  question,  that  the  man 
has  something  well  worth  while.  He  has  worked  on  it  con¬ 
stantly  for  the  past  three  years. 

I  realize  that  without  doubt  many  of  these  in¬ 
ventions  are  brottght  to  your  attention  but  I  know  that 
this  one  is  something  that  will  interest  you.  I  have 
never  heard  such  clear  pronunciation  from  a  Phonograph. 

He  uses  the  Edison  records  exclusively  to 
demonstrate  his  invention  with  and  says  that  they  are  much 
superior  to  any  others  because  his  sound  box  can  get  more 
out  of  them  than  it  can  out  of  any  other  make  of  records. 

For  this  reason  he  feels  that  you  should  have  first  chance 
on  his  invention  provided  you  will  investigate  it. 

Dr.  Jones  is  a  man  who  has  made  a  study  of  sound 
reproduction,  knows  what  he  is  talking  about  and  one  who  I 
am  sure  is  earnest  in  his  desire  to  reproduce  sound,  better. 

Am  naturally  very  anxious  to  see  anything  in  the 
way  of  advancement  come  to  the  Edison  Disc  first  and  am  writing 
ttou  to  see  if  it  is  possible  to  have  someone  come  here  and 
investigate  this  proposition,  or  if  not.,  can  arrange  with  Dr. 
JoneB. to  bring  his  idea  to  the  factory.  There  is  no  question 
but  what  the  man  has  something  out  of  which  he  will  make  a 
success. .  ' 

Sitin'  SCSRu*&v* 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison  #2 

In  his  demonstration,  Dr.  Jones  took  Edison 
records  in  which  words  wore  more  or  less; indistinct  and 
the  results  from  a  point  of  pure  enunciation,  with  his 
attachment,  were  simply  marvelous. 

Kindly  let  me  know  what  action 
in  this  matter  as  I  am  very  anxious  for  yc 

)u  will  take 
to  know  about 

Yours  very  truly, 

SLAKE'  ' 

!.!r.  1.  C.  MeChesney 

I,5aroh  20,  1915. 

Please  note  the  following  changes  to  he  male  in  the  hiso 

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Thoe.  A.  Edison,  Ino./j,  ?L  ,;f,t44. 

Orange,  New  Jersey.  0®**"^  ^  ,  t  r^MT  v' f  v 

GentlemenL-  jUO*~--  *(’*  '  j 

We  are  just  jTn  receipt  of  the  enclosed 

"Lord's  Prayer".  J 

Ah  v;e  have  not  the  information  at  hand  to/ 

swra  - 

direct,  at  your  early  convenience,  and  oblige. 

Very  respeotfully  yours. 

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Maroh  22nd.  1915 

Hr.  John  S.  Phillips , 
Che  Arne  rloan  Magazine  , 
381  Fourth  Avenue , 

Hew  York  City. 

Vty  dear  Hr.  Phillips.: 

I  mast  aBk  you  to  kindly  pardon  the  long 
delay  In  replying  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  Instant .  1  sup- 
noae  Hr.  Hook  has  told  yon  what  he  saw  and  heard  around  here 
a  few  days  ago;  and  will  verify  my  statement  that  I  have  keen 
"snowed  under" . 

1  shall  he  very  glad  to  have  Hr.  Lindsay 
ro  to  our  P.e  cor  ding  Rooms  at  79  Fifth  Avenue  ,  and  make  a  trial 
record,  as  I  understand  that  Is  what  he  desires.  Am  I  right 
ahout  this  or  does  he  wish  to  have  the  record  made  for  himself? 
If  so,  it  is  quite  an  expensive  matter. 

If  he  simply  wishes  to  have  us  take  a  trial 
reoord.  so  as  to  ascertain  whether  we  could  place  suoh  records 
on  our  list,  that  is  another  matter..  I  shall  await  your  favor 
on  this  subject. 

It  Is  very  kind  of  you  to  extend  such  a 
cordial  invitation  to  lunch  with  you ,  and  it  would  give  me  real 
pleasure  to  he  able  to  name  an  early  date.  At  the  present  stat¬ 
us  o'’  affairs,  however,  I  «n  ahout  as  far  from  Hew  York  as  fro™ 
the  middle  of  Africa.  However.  I  may  surprise  you  some  day ,  hut 
of  course  would  give  you  fair  warning  by.  telephone. 

V71th  kind  regards,  I  remain, 

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very  well  known  Cellist,  Mr^Bi^  'steigde 

the  interest  in  his  records  will  not  be  entirely  local.  In/ 
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JforejSterS  of  America 

Mr.  ThomaB  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Nevr  Jersey, 

Berkeley,  Calif.  April  1st,  1915. 

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Orange,  New  Jersey,  ^  f 

Dear  Sirs-  .*’**'' 

Is  there  any  prohabl-nty ^of  gsug^d 

the  malting  of  cylinder  phonograph  ^ 

purchasing  a  machine  and  like  the  oylinde?  machines  much^the  | 

best  but  have  been  told  that  oylln^r^6oordB,weje^har^ target  ^ 
as  they  were  almost  a  thing  0%<the'^a|t  ana'll  U^oujAnot^  ^UOwv/ff^ 
be  long  before  they  wofcld  be  fec^tinu^d'e|tirely: .  I  am  vei|r 
anxious  to  know  if  such  1b  the  case  and  will  eagerly  await  a 
reply  from  you.  I  |  fft  f)  M  ■~*1**x*~*a 

Very  truly  yours,  '  [  / 

?y  truly  yours,  [  / 

Address—  L.  S.  Driggs, 

West  Berkeley,  Calif. 

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;K  JOBBIKU  THADB  vU-*t  K-  ItUKT iuf  ^  % 

Seneca  ^ades.  N.  "S^p'^ryi  2nd.,  1915\  ,  ^ 

THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  INC.,  V^OfT  \  Ni  /  4 

;e,  N.  J., 

^>fev^r%  T 

f  some  forty  years  past,  though  a 

•  manufacturing  business,  I  have  i 

During  a  period  of  some  forty  years' past,  though  actively  engaged  g 
in  mercantile  or  manufacturing  business,  I  have  made  many  inventions,  often  ^ 
having  no  connection  with  the  business  in  which  I  was  engaged,  simply  because^ 

I,  have  the  creative  type  of  brain  that  notices,  things,  and  becomes  busy  on 
the  slightest  provocation  on  anything  that  looks  like  a  problem  that  might 
be  better,  or  at  least  differently  solved.  My  name  appears  many  times  on  th£> 
patent  records  of  this  and  foreign  countries,  and  articles  of  my  Invention  ^ 
are  in  use  all  over  the  civilized  world.  I  enclose  several  business  cards 
that  will  evidence  the  lines  in  which  my  energies  are  directed  at  the  pres— i 
ent  time,  and  I  have  credentials  that  would  satisfy  you  beyond  question  that.*  , 

I  am  a  man  of  business  standing  and  responsibility.  All  this  is  by  way  .of  i 


giving  you  to  understand  that  I  am  not  a  mere  "visionary",  and  that  state-  i 
ments  made  by  me  and  anything  I  desire  to  submit  for  your  investigation  shoull 
be.  worthy  of  your  consideration.  Ten  or  twelve  years  ago  I  was  quite  famll-  ^ 
iar  with  the  methods  of  making  Phonograph  and  Talking  Machine  records,  as 
they  were  then  made,  and  I  was  by  no  means  satisfied  that  they  were  the  best 

a  means  satisfied  that  they  were  the  best  ■ 

methods  obtainable,  and  the  subject  was  on  my  mind  until  I  had  solved  £ 

features  of  it  in  ways  that  seemed  improvements  to  me,  and  I  also  devised  ? 

improvements  (from  my  point  of  view)  that  I  felt  should  do  away  to  a  large  £ 

extent  at  least,  with  the  scratching  or  rasping  sounds  produced  by  the 
needles,  and  that  would  also  do  away  with  the  frequent  changing  of  needles. 
After  I  got  those  problems  solved  to  ny  own  satisfaction,  I  planned  that 

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rulers  and  yardsticks 

No.  2  Seneca  Fades.  N.  Y. 

"soma  day",  when  I  had  less  on  n\y  mind,  etc.  I  woiild  hi-ing  the  pians  to  your 

the  time  necessary  to  opportunities  If  the  iweBtlgatla^r ^tnese^ 



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Orange,  N.  J., 


After  mailing  my  first'  letter  to  you,  today,  it  occured  to 

me  that  I  had  left  out  what  would  probably  seem  to  you  much  the  most 
important  part,  viz.  the  reasons  I  had  for  being  dissatisfied  with  the 
results  obtained  in  the  records  as  made  when  I  was  familliar  with  the 
process.  Even  as  made  ten  years  ago,  the  results  were  quite  satisfac¬ 
tory  in  solo  work,-  either  instrumental  or  vocal,  and  it  is  much  better 
in  the  records  I  have  given  very  special  attention  to  lately:  but  I 
still  consider  the  records  as  produced  today  as  greatly  lacking  in  even¬ 

ness  and  balance  of  tone  qualities  in  accompaniments  and  orchestral  and 
band  pieces,  and  almost  a  complete  failure  so  far  as  Igal  piano  music  is 
concerned.  Any  process  that  will  give  us  real,  genuine  piano  music, 
would  be  a  boon,  musically,  artistically  and  financially.  I  do  not  need 
to  tell  you  that  the  musical  public  is  hungry  for  piano  music  of  high 
class.  Do 'we  get  even  the  faintest  imitation  of  it  in  the  records  pro¬ 
duced  by  the  very  latest  methods  availabe  ?  echo  answers.  DO  we  get  an 
even,  balanced  tone  proportionate  to  each  instrument  in  orchestral  and 
band  music  approaching  the  results  of  music  as  played  by  a  real  band 
or  orchestra  ?  I  think  you  will  agree  that  we  do  not.  I  think  I  know 
the  reasons  why  we  do  not,  and  am  confident  that  the  methods  I  have  plan¬ 
ned  after  much  study  and  thought,  will  give  the  muoh  desired  results  to 

a  far  greater  extent  than  anything  obtained  so  far.  Not  a  very  modest 
statement,  I  will  admit,  but  one  that  is  subject  to  investigation  and 

Westcott=Jewell  Go. 


hi-:  JOllUlNU  TK 



No. 2  Seneca  Fades.  N.  Y. 

proof,  wnile  I  am  at  it,  and  have  confessed  to  being  an  Inventor,  I 
might  as  well  admit  that  I  am  a  natural  musician  and  composer,  and  have 
an  exceptionally  fine  ear  for  music,  and  while  I  thoroughly  enjoy  the 
high  class  violin  and  other  solo  records  as  now  produced,  the  piano  ac¬ 
companiments  and  many  orchestra  and  hand  accompaniments,  hurt.  I  will 
he  glad  to  go  into  these  matters  and  my  plans  to  remedy  and  Improve 
then  as  fully  as  you  may  desire,  if  I  am  granted  the  interview  asked 
for  in  my  earlier  letter  of  today. 

Respectfully  yours 


38th.  St.  and  7th.  Ave.,  New  York. 

The  Phonograph  Co. 

Exclusive  Edison  Distributers 
Salesrooms  fi*  Officei,  1012  Grand  Ave. 

Kansas  City,  Mo., 

April  2,  1915 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino., 

Orange,  N.  J.  Attention  of  Mr.  Meadoworoft - 


The  writer  sometime  ago  addressed  a 
letter  to  you  regarding  the  idea  of  getting 
up  sets  of  Stereopticon  Slides  for  use 
in  our  concert  rooms  and  in  our  outside 
demonstrations  in  churches,  schools, 
colleges,  etc. 

It  was  the  desire  of  the  writer  to 
use  this  idea  quite  extensively  during  the 
summer  months,  which  we  believe  to  be  the 
seed-planting  months  in  our  business  and 
I  should  like  to  hear  from  you  definitely 
whether  or  not  we  can  expect  the  scheme  to 
come  through  and  be  available  for  us. 

Very  truly  yours. 

/  TUi‘1 



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the  owner  of  one  of  your  $250.00  Diamond-Disc  Phonographs 
therefore,  as  such,  much  interested  in  reoords  -  both  as  to 
islsctions,  and  the  quality  of  the  recording. 

In  selecting  the  library  of  Edison  Diamond-Disc  records  which 
amounting  to  about  120  different  selections,  and  consisting  of 
all  kinds  of  music  from  Grand  Opera  to  Rag-Time,  both  vocal  and  instru¬ 
mental  -  I  have  carefully  listened  to  every  available  record  which  you 
have  put  on  the  market  (Hany  that  my  fiiends  have  told  me  were  beautiful 
selections,  and  perfectly  recorded,  I  have  been  unable  to  find:  every 
dealer  where  I  ask  about  those  particular  selections  saying  they  are  "out 
Ae  you  of  course  well  know,  any  obtrusion  of  the  machine  itself  into  the 
music,  either  in  the  form  of  a  distinct  blast,  or  in  the  form  of  the 
,  slightest  tendenc/To  over^Ibration  at  points  where  the  volume  or  pitch 
(or  both)  may  be  high  -  is  harsh  and  unpleasant.  Some  records  that  are 
^perfect  in  all  other  respects,  show  this  slight  blasting  at  one  or 
two  places  where  the  voice,  after  reaching  a  pretty  high  note,  will 
lT’tho  volume  .  The  Rosary  (Record  80,100)  is  an  example  of  this. 

''Sbma  of  your  machines  (or  reproducers)  ploy  this  particular  record  so 
badly  that  it  is  positively  disagreeable  to  listen  to  it.  And  I  have 
yet  to  see  a  maohine  that  will  play  it  through  with  none  of  that  over- 

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machines,  using  my  reproducer,  and  the  reproducer  I  have  plays  as  well 
as  any  I  have  ever  been  able  to  find  -  Bo  it  is  no  fault  of  that  particular 
reproducer  or  machine* 

The  Hawaiian  record  (Humber  50,175)  has  this  fault,. whero  the 
concerted  voices  of  the  chorus  reach  a  climax,  to  suoh  a  degree  as  to 
spoil  the  music  almost  entirely. '  (One  of  the  selections  is  no  so  bad 
as  the  other).  .  , 

When  the  record  of, The  Star  Spangled  Banner  (80,172)  was  put 
out,  y our supplementary  pamphlet ' iii; which  .it  was  .listed,  called  part ic- 
ular  attention  to  the  high  note  taken  by  the  soprano  at  the  end  of  the 
selection.  That  particular’ high soprano  note,  on  every  machine  I 

have  been  ablej  tp-h(^ar  the  record -played  on,  blasts!  or  at  any.  rate, 

melody  of  the  while  thing.  My  reason  in  writing  about  this  particular 
record  is. this:  'It  is  inconceivable  that  you ; should  ioall  attention  to 
a  point  which  is |the  only. one  in  a  record  that -blasts.  Therefore,  it 
occurs  to  me  that  something' must- happen  to  either  thi;  records  or  the 
reproducers,  after  they  leave-  your'  testing  room;  with  the  result  that 
records  which, pljy  perfectly  on  the  maohines  at  the  factory,  will  not 
do.  so  on  some  of. -the  machines  in.  other-cities.  '  Tliis  theory  seems  . 
to  be  strengthened  by  the  fact  that  it  is  hard  to  find  an  Operatic 

vocal  .selection  which,  does  not-,  at  some 
blast,  which. is  so  disagreeable  to  the  e 

joint,  show  this  tendency  t 

-  Of  course,  I  know  nothing  about 

a  difficulties  which  may 

be  attendant  upon  the .perfect  recording  .of  an  Operatic  vocal  selection; 
but  I  can  say-  this,  Unless  I -am  extromely  anxious  foij  a  certain  record 

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for  soma  particular  reason,  and  am  thorofora  willing  to  taka  tho  bast 
I  can  get,  whether  it  happens  to  be  perfect  or  no,  X  certainly  do  not 
ever  purchase  one  that  contains  this  fault  of  blasting,  or  tendency 
thereto  in  any  noticeable  degree. 

It  is  possible  that  whoever  in  your  factory  has  charge  of 
the  passing  upon  a  master  record  , is  a  little  lenient  in  this  respect, 
and  therefore  passes  records  which  he  knowB  to  be  defective  in  that 
wsy.  If  suoh  be  the  case,  I  hope  you  will  consider  that  a  person 
who  may  not  have  a  very  great  collection,  and  who  buys  the  records 
for  tho  purpose  of  making  music,  would  appreciate  any  record  much 
more,  where  this  fault  is  not  present.  Your  dealers  are  not 
blind  to  this,  nor  are  they  ignorant  that  their  customers  dislike 
it.  Several  of  my  friends,  who  were  about  to  buy  a  phonograph, 

or  talking  machine,  knowing  that  I  had  one  asked  me  how  I  was  pleased 
with  mine.  I,  of  course,  recommended  it  very  highly  and  urged  them 
to,  at  leasts  go  around  and  hoar  the  Edison  Diamond-Disc  before  deciding 
upon  which  make  they  would  buy.  Then  went,  and  later  bought  the 
Victrola.  They  told  me  that  their  reason  for  making  that  choice  was 
because  the  voices  were  clearer.  Personally,  the  Edison  is  the 
only  type  of  tfionogrnph  I  have  ever  owned,  and  it  is  tho  only  kind  that 
I  think  reproduces  music  at  all,  and  I  therefore  hope  that  you  will  not 
throw  this  letter  in  the  waste-paper  basket,  without  giving  some  consid¬ 
eration  to  what  I  have  said. 

In  closing,  I  want  to  ask  that  you  put  on  the  market 
records  (perferably  vocal)  of  the  following  selections,  ae  soon  as  it 
io  practicable  to  do  so.  I  believe  your  dealers  have  more  inquiries 
for  these  particular  records,  than  for  any  similar  number  of  selections 

either  already  listed,  or  not  yet  on  the  market: 

The  Sextette  from  Lucia 
The  Quartette  from  Rigoletto 
The  Trio  from  Faust 

Also  some  of  the  many  beautiful  Operatic  duets  for 
Soprano  and  Contralto. 

Some  Piano  Solos 

Some  concerted  Violin  pieces  (that  is,  violin  duets). 

Yours  truly, 


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dealarain  Edison  Phono  graphra,  both  cylinder  %- 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  K.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

As  vre  are  »»«...  . . . .  --  -  , ,  _ 

and  dioo,  we  are  very  much  interested  in  the  success  and  popularity 
of  these  machines,  especially  the  "Disc"  and  we  are  taking  tr.e 
liberty  of  giving  you  the  address  of  Mr.  Theo .  Karl  Johnston,  which 
is  211  Fischer  Bldg.,  Seattle,  Wash,  We  are  aendin_  you  some 
press  notices,  whioh  will  give  you  some  idea  of  his  magnificent  voice. 
We  had  the  pleasure  of  hearing  him  at  the  concert  mentioned  in  the 
press  notices  and  wish  to  state  that  we  do  not  think  the  description 
given  therein  was  exaggerated  in  the  slightest,  that  he  deserved  all 
commendation  given-  him. 

Mr.  Johnston  is  coming  east  this  fall  for  a  try-out 
with  the  Metropolitan  Opera  Do.  and  we  feel  that  he  will  -e  suc¬ 
cessful.  We  believe  it  would  be  to  your  advantage  to  communicate 
with  him  while  there  or  at  least  to  afford  yourselves  the  opportunity 
of  hearing  his  wonderful  voice  as  we  are  convinced  th; 
him  would  be  very  popular. 

:  by 

and  service  to  ; 

Trusting  that  this  information  may  prove  of  interest 

Very  truly  yours, 




.S  AYS  VOICE  IS  . 

Eugene  Musicians  Pleased  With' 

■  Thee.  Karl  Johnston  Who. 
Sings  in  Eugene  Tonight-. 

''C“\'f°rjotaV”nrb”t°>»°  hns“notCal 
a'hco.  Hul  Eu8«m>  «"“■ 

prntllw  ™l«».  «“  mCllr„,»,  utter  At 

"SI  tto.?a«s.ssf  Si 

monlc  society  to  wjJP  ®iro.  a  success, 
numbers  ^  Eu*i*n  which  commenced  this  ! 

-SSAj.  W  a  Sc5d 

nro  iiu  mluqimto.  worilH,  no  jiliraHlnu  I 
Unit  will  I'oiivny  the  fwliiiK-  ''“'I 
thu  fiinti.tii  ijlvoiM'y^thojMiRJjnoJ  lilh 
ytiu'worii  tliimi'no  flornsrlpllon^  Is ^liei m 
Girn'il  i»  iwoiow."  Sntfielmit  for  lira 


HimtuMully,  nml  socially. 

Kazmin,  of  Lane.  ‘*onm 

r.  ami  Mrs. 

Tor  every  Heat  wu 
1,1,  and  sold  to  an  enthusiast- 1 
duo  from  the  round  after  round  of  tip- 

,*t *  greet  ed*  every  member 
the  program.  Artistically 
jn  heaping  . .  ‘ 

111  who  illrni'toil  tlio  i-nntiitii  n 

"Ivii'  fiiii  nml  liosorv*  I 
•e.i  oroilit  to  ovoryono  rcspoimllilo  for 
the  success  of  the  evening  would  ^bfl  to 

oxiielloot  "oil'd  ' til'll)  manner  in  xvliioli  | 
professor^  Lam 

nlilllty  ili»i'ln_yml 
0  nniimny  Unit 

i.v  Jllm  llnvln  in 

Uio  licnrtM  of  liiineno  m 
i’!“  ?rA^l  ,.lnhi 

nlnnncii  Unit  other  imislciil  feiml" 


THURSDAY,  'APRIL  i,  1915.- 

|  Philharmonic  Melodies  Charm 

Eugene’s  Ultra  Musical  Circlesl 


The  ollto  of  Eugono  turned  ot 

•  *  mouths  j 

.  tho  “most  wonderful  of  nil  tenor 

solos* ’  “Onaway,  Awnko  Beloved,'* 
was  given  with  such  benuty  and  ten¬ 
derness,  such  passion  nud  power,  tlinf 
tho  insistent  hearers  demanded  that 

cicty,  and  a  .happier,  more'  pleased 
crowd  lmB  seldom  left  tho  doors  of  any 
concert  in  this  city.  Prom  first  to  last 
'  program  was  a  dolight,  and  evory 
nbor  was  enthusiast ieally  received. 

I  Tlio  chorus,  orchestra,  soloist  and  nu*. 
dience  soomod  all  to  bo  in  tlio  happiest 
of  liioods  and  ready  to  ’ 
bo  inspired  tind.  tho  resu, i,«m  v»;». 
those  evonings  of  rarest  pleasure  which 

iin'tho  first  strains  of  tho  Inspiring 

. elm  Tell* ’  to  the  last. 

too  beautiful  cnntntn 
jarring  note,  and  each 
]  succeeding  number  seemed  only  to 
heighten  and  broaden  the  beauty  of  the 
preceding  one.  Encore  and  encoro  was I 
demanded  by  tho  music  hungry  nmlience 
until  it  seemed  that  they  would  never 
bo  satisfied. 

Tho  fcaturo  of  tho  evouing  was 
wonderful  singing  of  Theo.  Knrl  J 
eton,  of  Seattle,  who  more  than  livcu 
up  to  tho  extravagant  praise  which  had 
’  1  him,  nud  enthus'**1  *Un  **”*1'* 
vltt.v  mo  Eugene' audiences  .....v 
boon  enthused.'  His  singing  of  tho.  Aria 
“Ciolo  o!Marf*  brought,  forth  a  storm 
of  applause,  and  the  d  esi^roof  ^  IhoHstcn- 

his  throat  was  only  appeased  -  by  his 
singing  two  beautiful  snugs  In  English 
-tho-  v*  *  Mattimitu,? H  by  Leoncavallo, 
and  .  a  dainty  ami  happy  “litlto  song 
cull  oil- “Why,  l*  by. Wells.  v 
Tho  accompaniments  .by  Prof.  Lands- 
ury •  were  dolight ful  in  their  sympathy 

voico  in  their  midst. 

Tho  chorous  was  in  fine  shape,  duo  to  I 
tho  long  and  careful  training  at  the 
hands  of  Director  Ralph  H.  Lyman  and 

ly  slngors  of  whom  she 

_ v _ _ jly  proud;  hud  tlio  Eu; 

gone  Philharmonic  society  bids  fair  to 
iimko  our  fnir  city  fnmous.  Tho  singing 
*  the  Blue  Danube  Waltzes  by  the 
mis  accompanied  by  tho  orchestra 

tho  program.  In  fact,  tho 
so  haunting  and  the  rhythm  so 

these  old  and  famous  waltzes . 

Burprising  that  nudionce  did  not  yield  J 

join,  voice  nud  action,  iii  the  do 
Tlio  University  orchestra  under 'Mina 
orbes  was,  as  always,  .unusually  good  | 

io  accompaniment  to  tho  ci 
ic  selections  “  AU,“"  * 

. ditmry  poss! 

little  orchestra  w 
fortunate  to  have 

within' its  gates.  .  .  ^  .  j 

harmonic  society  wm  ’  ~  . u"'t 

groat  eagerness  by 

X  have  never  heard  from  you  in  regard  to  the  B-160  plates  ! 
that  were  put  through  with  Turn  Table  Spindle  Hole  .3756.  'How"£id 
you  find  theoe  to  work?  Mr.  Niooli  oaw  me  thiu  afternoon  and  he 
wan  oaying  there  iu  no  way  to  get  at  the  greaoe  plug  in  the  Second¬ 
ary  Barrel  on  the  260  maohineo  with  the  new  wabineto,  ao  there  is 
to  be  no  back  door  in  thece  cbbineto.  We  can,  if  you  like,  cast 
or  drill  a  hole  in  the  top  plate  to  get  at  thin  plug* 

A.  P.  Waterman. 



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NEW  YORK,  April  10,  1916. 

She  laboratory  of 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 


Your  favor  of  the  7th  oame  duly  to  hand.  I  have  heard 
many  of  the  Edison  Records,  hut  acting  upon  the  suggestion  of  Hr. 
Edison,  as  stated  in  your  letter,  I  went  to  your  exhibition  rooms 
on  Fifth  Avenue,  near  Forty- second  Street,  and  heard  a  number  of 
records,  with  your  latest  type  of  machine.  Hot  having  any  piano 
records  there,  Mr.  McCormack  referred  me  to  Ho.  79  Fifth  Avenue, 
where  I  certainly  heard  the  finest  piano  record  I  have  ever  heard. 

As  a  result  of  my  investigation  I  will  tales  the  liberty  of  stat¬ 
ing,  with  all  due  respect,  that  in  my  humble  opinion  it  would  not 
be  a  very  'big  job"  to  make  improvement  in  the  tonal  qualities  of 
the  records  in  several  particulars  and  also  in  the  method  of  re¬ 
cording.  I  am  also  of  the  opinion  that  I  oould  suggest  an  improve¬ 
ment  connected  with  the  material  entering  into  the  records,  or  the 
surfacing  of  same.  But  I  have  no  desire  to  intrude  either  my  person 
or  my  plans  where  it  would  seem  they  may  not  be  wanted. 

I  will,  therefore,  drop  further  consideration  of 



NEW  YORK,  APr-1°.:L915' 

your  oonpany  is  oonoerried. 

,  c5\/. 

Very  respectfully, 

April  12,  1915. 

Mr.  Edison:- 

I  am  Bending  you  herewith  a  speaker  assembled  Ty 
Ceorge  T.  Jones,  Inspector,  Punch  Press  Department,  T.  A.  B. 
ino.,  who  used  to  be  one  of  our  Inspectors  of  Phonographs 
on  the  road,  and.whi  is  very  much  interested  in  our  products. 

He  has  added  the  layer  of  silk,  as  per  sample 
attached  to  the  speaker,  placing  the  same  between  the 
layers  of  diaphragm  material  now  used. 

He  claims  that  the  speaker  cuts  down  the  surfaoe 
and  sweetens  the  tone,  but  does  not  give  the  volume  that 
our  standard  speaker  gives. 

Eor  the  encouragement  of  this  young  man,  I  *ould 
very  much  like  for  you  to  test  the  speaker  and  advise  me 
as  to  the  result,  in  order  that  I  may  communicate  same  to 
him  accordingly.  I  always  try  to  encourage  our  menwi®  show 
interest  in  our  product,  and  even  though  the  results  they 
achieve  may  not  be  superior  to  anything  we  have,  it 
stimulates  them  to  greater  effort  and  adds  interest  to  their 
wo  rk . 



'  April  the  twelfth  .  . 

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Orange,  N.  7. 




war  »lri-  </_  i  '  ^ 

On  Maroh  eighth  my  mandolin  orchestra  of  about  V*  ,/V 

thirty  playerB  made  some  test  records  ih your  ^ 

recording  laboratory  in  New  York  and  both  the  ^ 
orchestra  and  the  writer  are  awaiting  your  de-  „AV 

cision  concerning  the  records  which  are  the 
result  of  nearly  ten  years  effort. 

I  would  like  to  say  that  the  orchestra  is  perhaps 
the  most  complete  from  the  standpoint • of  in¬ 
strumentation  of  any  mandolin  orchestra  in  Am¬ 
erica  and  distinctly  plectra!  to  the  last  degree. 

The  instrumentation  is  first  and  second  mandolins 
mandolas,  mandoloncellos,  mando-basses,  cembalo 
harp  and  flute  for  obbligato  work.  The  effort  - 

to  bring  this  company  to  New  York  was  considerable 
for  they  are  merely  playing  because  they  love 
the  mandolin  and  want  to  do  their  share  individually 
in  placing  it  upon  a  more  serious  plane. 

Both  the  orchestra  and  the  writer  GREATLY  appreciate 
the  courteous  treatment  accodded  us  by  the  laboratory 
and  whether  the  records  are  successful  or  not  « 
shall  always  feel  that  the  operators  and  Mr.  Miller 
did  all  in  their  powers  to  make  our  efforts  successful. 

f\T  ■ 

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305  Jackson  Building, 
Providence,  R.  I. 

Very  sincere] 

Mr.  Edison: 


Toronto.  If  the 
impresses  you  as 

if  the  suggestion  meets  with  favor,  I  should 
tejijjy  glaiSi  to  request  our  Ottawa  dealers,  the 
-'I’lionograph  Shop,  to  send  one  of  the  instruments, 
to  Eideau  Hall. " 




TkE;  J®„  SlWlILOAMi  S’-  &■  S®N9  CoULiMmu'Em, 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Incorporated, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Attention  Mr.  Maxwell. 

Dear  Sirss- 

The  Manager  of  our  subsidiary  company  in  Ottawa, 
Phonograph  Shop,  has  been  trying  very  hard  to  place  an  Edison 
Disc  machine  in  Hideau  Hall,  the  State  Home  of  the  Governor 
General  for  Canada.  This  is  to  Canada  what  the  White  House  is 
to  the  U.  S.,  and  you  will  consequently  realize  the  importance 
we  attach  to  having  an  Edison  Dlso  placed  there,  not  only  for 
local  Ottawa  trade  but  for  resultB  all  over  Canada.  As  usual, 
plaoing  a  machine  there  is  not  easy  to  accomplish,  and  that  we 
may  lenve  no  stone  unturned,  wished  to  have  an  autograph  letter 
of  Hr.  Edison  written  to 

Lord  Richard  Neville, 

Comptroller  of  the  House,  Rideau  Hall, 

Ottawa,  Ont. 

along  the  lines;  that  Ur.  Edison  would  like  H.R.H.  The  Duke  of 
Connaught  and  other  members  of  the  Royal  Family,  to  hear  the  now 
Diamond  Disc  Phonograph,  and  would  like  to  know  if  to  permit  of 
thiB  he  could  not  arrange  for  one  of  his  choicest  instruments  being 
sent  to  Rideau  Hall  by  his  Ottawa  representatives.  Phonograph  Shop, 

We  believe  that  an  autograph  letter  of  Hr.  Edison’s  would 
result  in  a  reply  that  if  not  permitting  of  a  demonstration,  on  the 
whole  would  at  least  start  a  lead  that  would  help  us  in  our  followup. 

If  this  is  agreeable,  please  let  us  know  just  what  is 
done  so  that  we  can  work  in  close  co-operation,  and  oblige. 

Yours  truly. 


The  Phonograph  Co 

Exclusive  Edison  Distributers 

Salesrooms  &  Offices,  1012  Grand  Ave. 

Kansas  City,  Mo„ 

Thos.  A,  Edison  Co.,  Inc. 

Gentlemen:  Atten.  Mr. Charley  Edison  &  Mr.Meadowcroft 

During  the  attSSBSST  Convention  in  Feb.  X  took  up  with  both  of 
you  at  different  times idea  of  shipping  to  us  a  line  of  steroptican 
slides  for  use  in  demonstrating  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph,  both 
in  church  and  school  concerts,  and  also  in  local  store  concerts. 

In  order  to  bring  this  fresh  to  your  mind,  let  me  give  you 

my  ideas: 

First,  the  Slides ^wKJcli'consist  of  a  variety  of  subjects, 
pictures  of  Mr.  Edison,  the  first  phonograph  which  Mr.  Edison  invented, 
later  developments  of  ideas,  the  new  perfected  machines,  enlarged  record 
grooves,  enlarged  photographs  or  diagrams  of  the  diamond  reproducing 
stylus,  pictures  of  composers,  artists,  and  pictures  of  artists  making 
records,  and  last  but  most  important  probably, jarljDus  t^lkipg  ppipis 
of  thg_  diamond  disc  machine  and  records  in  reading  slides,  which  would 
be  run  off  while  the  music  was- Being  played. 

X  am  very  anxious  to  get  a  set  of  these  slides  for  use  in 
Kansas  City  for  my  concert  room,  and  also  another  set  to  equip  my 
road  salesmen  with,  so  that  they  can  give  interesting  and  profitable 
picture  recitals  £o  the  dealer  where  they  call. 

I  would  further  use  my  Kansas  City  set  to  reverse  the  steroptican, 
and  cast  the  image  upon  a  screen  which  would  he  hung  in  our  large  show 
windows  at  night, where  the  talking  points  visualized, would  I  feel,  have 
good  effect. 

When  this  idea  was  outlined  during  February,  it  seemed  to  meet 
with  a  very  favorable  reception,  but  as  far  as  I  have  been  able  to  find 
out  nothing  has  been  done  since  that  time. 

Will  you  favor  me  with  a  early  reply,  advising  whether  it  will 
be  possible  to  complete  this  set  this  spring,  so  that  for  the  summer 
and  fall  campaign  we  might  have  this  added  inducement  towards  interesting 
our  retail  and  wholesale  trade. 

Mr. Edison  himself,  seemed  to  think  very  highly  of  the  idea,  and 
X  believe  it  will  be  one  of  our  best  cards. 

Yours  very  truly, 



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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison:- 
,.  In  accordance 

model  of  a  dictating  machine  which  performs  all  of 

e  function^whjxh  the 

Isalea  Department  consider  desirable  at  this  stage  of  the  a  ' 

w  V  This  model  has  not  bern  designed  from  a  "shop 

.  |  standpoint"  and  no  effort  has  been  made  to  reduce  the  number  of  parts  to 

*7%  the  minimum  amount  required  to  produoe  the  necessary  operation.  The 
Jl'i  general  requirements  of  a  Dictating  Maohine,  as  we  understand  them  today 
|  §-Lare  as  follows: 

'  1  TOP  PLATE  PAST. 

j  l  '  The  size  of  the  present  top  plate  is  satisfactory 

-*•  and  permits  of  our  using  the  present  oabinet  whioh  gives  ample  ventilation 
j^'to  the  motor  without  requiring  fans  or  other  ventilating  devices  as  used 
i  ^  hy  our  competitors.  Ho  serious  objection  has  been  raised  to  the  size  of  our 
s  p,  t°P  plate. 

j  All  the  mechanism  pr  moving  parts  should  be  covered 

y  J*  as  much  as  possible  to  give  the  impression  of  simplicity  to  the  office  buyer 
^  who  is  non-mechanical. 

The  reproducer  should  of  course  be  equal  or  better 
reproduction  to  anything  on  the  market,  and  it  alBO  should  be  designed 
will  not  quire  the  dictating  maohine 
level.  Our  present  reproducer  meets  these  requirements. 

„  so  it  willnot  be  affected  by  jar 



»  The  reoorder  must  equal  the  "best  in  the  art" 

on  both  high  and  low  cylinders.  The  stylus  should  be  strongly  mounted 
and  the  diaphragm  should  be  capable  of  being  removed  easily  by  the  cus¬ 
tomer  or  dealer  for  renewal  and  easy  repair . 



Tho  record  should  be  cut  at  150  threads  and  the 
feedsjrew  should,  he  as  course  as  possible.  'He  are  now  using  50  threads 
satisfactorily.  The  feed  screw  should  have  one  spring  adjusting  hearing 
so  as  to  take  up  wear  and  the  feed  nut  should  he  self  aligning. 


For  the  diotator  it  seems  to  he  that  the  demand 
is  for  a  single  diaphragm  for  recording  and  reproducing.  The  movements 
as  shown  in  our  model  are  those  which  we  believe  to  he  most  aoceptahld 
to  the  trade,  all  operations  being  controlled  by  one  lever  as  follows! 

Forward  positions  recorder  on  oyllnder 

Central  position;  carriage  free,  both  tools  up. 

Back  position;  reproducer  on  oylindor 

In  going  from  center  position  to  back  position  the  carriage 
must  baclc-space.  The  lever  should  be  provided 
with  a  prominent  signal  to  show  whether  the 
recorder  or  reproducer  are  in  position  for 

A  guard  should  be  provided  so  a  cylinder  can¬ 
not  be  placed  on  the  mandrel  When  recorder  or  reproducer  are  down. 

The  recorder  and  reproducer  tools  should  be 
easily  removable  from  the  na chine. 


Should  avoid  bad  effects  of  temperature 
changes  on  the  cylinder  and  should  prevent  any  lateral  variation  in  the 
cylinder  position.  Should  be  rigid  and  avoid  vibration  effect  of  motor. 

It  is  preferable  that  the  cylinder  may  bo  re¬ 
moved  with  one  hand  and  that  no  retaining  clip  bo  used  to  retain  it  on 
the  mandrel. 


1.  To  operate  from  speaking  tube. 
v  2.  To  operate  from  machine  top-plate. 

3.  To  operate  from  foot  trip. 

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Provision  should  he  made  for  collecting  and 
removing  of  wax  chipB  aB  at  present. 


Means  should  he  provided  for  talcing  care  of 
corrections  and  other  necessary  notation  as  suggestion  shown  in  the  model. 

Motor  should  he  wound  for  110  volt  to  operate 
without  resistance.  if 

It  should  he  arranged  to  operate  on  110  volt  D.  C 
and  60  cycles  A.  0.,  hy  changing  the  field  ooils  from  series  to  multiple, 
aB  in  the  present  model  whioh  is  being  made  in  our  Eleotrloal  Department 
and  is  called  comhination  Skonowatt.  (This  feature  we  are  making  under 
license  from  General  Elootric  Company ). 


The  motor  switch  should  he  normally  "on"  and 
should  he  ahut"off"  hy  hanging  up  tho  speaking  tube. 


Transcribing  model  may  he  same  as  dictating 
model  except  as  follows:  the  arm  should  he  arranged  to  hold  only  repro¬ 
ducing  tool.  Electric  ''repeat”  should  he  arranged  for  in  connection  with 
a  push  button  switch  to  he  fastened  to  typewriter. 


Both  hand  and  power  shaving  machines  are  re¬ 
quired.  The  modelB  now  used  seem  to  be  satisfactory  and  economically 
arranged  with  the  employment  of  the  same  top-plate. 


sired  in  order 
of  modifier  are 

Both  head  hand  and  ear  support  tubes  are  de- 
So  meet  different  individual  oases.  Also  two  styles 
considered  neoessary  to  satisfy  the  transcriber. 

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Shipped  from  Orange  and  installed 
Shipped  from  Milwaukee  and  installed 
Installed  hy  Baley 
Installed  hy  Baley 
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Shipped  from  factory  to  Baley  4/15/15 

Flemish  Oak-Shipped  from  factory  to  exposition  4/15/15 
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Possible  Installations 

Maryland  Building  -Consent  given  and  Baley  arranging  installation 
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,  Maxwell,  Deeming,  Berggren, 

Y/orking  on  these  through  Baley,  Cutting 
E.S.B.Co.  direct  and  through  Jobbers. 
Prospects  of  Success  very  good. 

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No.  187  Mead  Avenue,  Meadville,  Pa.  V - i-^wiNa  MAI 

°-  TAR-  Edison  Phonographs  and  Records  oil.  ngeol 

—  Edison  Home  Kinetoscopes  and  Motion  Picture  Films  3UPHL 

Victor  Talking  Machines  and  Records 
.  i  .  Royal  Typewriters  and  Supplies 

April  23rdA  1915  ^ 

"*  Th0"“  ^ 
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N,J*  1  1  VCUu«'tea  V>  / 

•  our  paper  of  the 
meetings  HaGer8t'0Wn* 

I*”ha\re  fesi-katl  a  paragraph  to  show  you  tWiaA  the  Victor  Co.  are 
d o"i  rtgf ^  '*1°  f°r 
reco^Sl^a^^y1  thepe  singers, \and  1  ktF"  +  l'0< 
hundreds  of  them  \er< 

weekst^a^U^^^ie%Lc‘e^eMrthw  sands  ofjporfLe  hear 
them  sing  are  bound  to  create  a  demand  ’or  records  of  their 
voices,  and  I  personally  believe  it  wou Ld  be  a  stroke 

on  the  part  of  the  Edison  Co,  if  they  Would  get/busy  and  see 
if  it  is  not  possible  for  us  to  have  abme  EDISON^RECORDS  made 
by  the  National  Male  Quartet  and  MeEs&m,  records  of  these 
artists  that  will  help  the  dealer  will  also  help  the  Edison 

Hoping  that  you  may  be  able  to  see  this  as  I  do 
I  beg  to  remain  yours  for  more  business. 

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166  Roxborough  East, 

Toronto,  April  24th,  1915. 

Messrs.  Thos.  Edison,  Ino., 

Record  Production  Dept. , 


Dear  Sirs,- 

X  would  he  glad  if 
you  would  let  me  know  whether  there 
is  any  hope  of  the  records  which  you 
are  turning  out  being  improved. 

I  am  the  owner  of  one 
of  your  "Opera"  type  machines,  and 
_ during  the  time  you  were  making 
the  wax  records  I  chose  it  from 
many  others.  Since  you  have  been 
making  the  blue  record  the  repro¬ 
duction  has  steadily  declined,  until 
now  it  is  practially  impossible  to 
get  any  records  that  are  worth  having. 

This  is  not  only  my  own 
opinion,  but  the  opinion  of  many 
others  who  had  this  instrument.  In 

Messrs.  Thos.  Edison,  Inc.  -  2  Apr.  24th,  15, 

my  case  it  has  led  me  to  purchase, 
a  "Viotor"  machine,  merely  in  order 
that  I  can  get  satisfactory  records. 

I  would  1)6  glad  to  hear 
from  you,  ns  I  do  not  want  to  dispose 
of  my  Edison  machine  if  there  is  any 
hope  of  the  records  improving.  The 
music  has  never  been  so  satisfactory 
since  you  stopped  making  the  wax 

Yours  truly, 

Qx. MSJil- 

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I  have  made  a  search  through  the  United  States  and 

the  foreign  arts  on  the  Taylor  device  referred  to  in  the  attached 

correspondence,  said  device  comprising  a  casing  surrounding  the 
reproducer  and  extending  downwardly  into  close  proximity  to  the 
record.  The  only  references  which  are  worth  considering  are 
French  patent  No.  347,101  (copy  of  which  is  annexed  hereto), 
and  the  corresponding  German  patent  No.  166,536. 

Referring  to  Figures  1,  3  and  4  of  the  French  patent,  ^ 
a  casing  13  on  the  lower  portion  of  the  reproducer  completely 
encloses  the  floating  weight  BO  and  extends  downwardly  into 
comparatively  close  proximity  to  the  record  6.  The  device  of 
the  French  patent,  however,  is  for  a  disc  record,  and  in  a  memor¬ 
andum  on  one  of  Mr.  Taylor's  letters  you  state  that  Mr.  Taylor's 
device  made  no  improvement  whatever  on  the  disc.  Furthermore,  the^^| 

floating  weight  BO  of  the  French  patent  practically  closes  the  i 

lower  portion  of  the  casing  13  (see  Fig.  4),  whereas  there  is  |  I  ^ 

considerable  space  between  the  floating  weight  and  the  casing  in  ”  'i  ■ 
the  Taylor  device.  I  am  of  the  opinion  that  there  is  a  patentable  V  | 
difference  between  the  Taylor  device  and  the  French  patent  referred*!^  3 
to,  but  the  said  patent  would  prevent  us  from  obtaining  broad  olaims|  %  ^ 
on  a  casing  extending  downwardly  below  the  diaphragm  into  close  i 

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To  handle  Diso  only. 

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To  be  combination  dealer. 

Edison  exclusive. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

April  29,  1915. 

KW>^ulL.  <u0C«  HU  cfo-^cO 
X  am  just  in  receTpt  St  a  letter  from  my  brother  advising 
me  that  Mr.  Soott  had  been  dismissed  from  your  service  because  of 
remarks  he  made  to  me.  D~lFfo 

I  am  very  sorry  that  X  have  been  the  means  of  causing 
Scott  to  lose  his  position.  I  did  not  pass  to  you  Mr.  Scott  s 
statements  regarding  the  matter  of  demonstrators  with  the  idea 
that  it  would  injure  Mr.  Scott's  standing  with  you  in  the  least. 

I  know  how  hard  it  is  for  men  both  in  and  out  of  your 
emnlov  to  screw  up  their  nerve  to  express  views  contrary  to  yours , 
as  they  feel  that  as  you  very  amply  demonstrated  your  superior 
mental  ability,  that  it  would  be  presumption  on  their  part  to  have 
anv  different  views  than  your  own.  The  result  is,  that  they  oft- 
times  agree  with  you  as  against  their  own  judgment  and  by  so  doing, 
support  you  in  some  opinion  which  might  not  be  entirely  correct. 

I  had  the  pleasure  of  seeing  Mr.  Scott  give  a  demonstra¬ 
tion  of  your  disc  machine  when  he  was  here  in  Chicago  and  I  will 
state,  no  one  ever  worked  harder,  nor  tried  harder  to  carry  out  the 
wishes  of  the  Edison  Company  in  making  demonstrations,  than  did 

'  Regards  to  my  conversation  with  Scott  relative  to  the 
value  of  demonstration  as  being  conducted  in  New  York,  I  think  Mr. 
Scott's  statements  are  absolutely  correct,  in  that  I  did  say  that  1 
thought  the  same  amount  of  money  spent  in  advertising  would  be  pro¬ 
ductive  of  greater  results.  If  what  I  said  at  that  time  had  the 
effect  of  encouraging  Scott  to  agree  with  me  against  his 
ment  simply  to  he  pleasant  and  not  enter  into  an  argument  with  the 
employer  of  his  son,  I  am  very  sorry  that  I  reported  it  as  being 
ScotVs  views.  I  certainly  would  never  have  repeated  it,  had  I  not 
thought  it  was  truly  Scott's  views,  nor  would  I  have  ever  made  mention 
of  it  under  any  condition,  had  I  thought  it  would  be  used  against 


him,  or  get  him  into  any  trouble.  It  certainly  has  taught  me  a  very 
valuable  lesson. 

I  do  not  believe  that  you  have'  ever  had  a  more  faithful 
servant,  or  a  more  energetic  booster  on  your  payroll  and  to  'think' 
that  I  have  been  the  means  of  causing  a  rupture  of' this  kind,  is 
certainly  very  embarrassing.  If  this  is  the  only  grounds  for  Mr. 
Scott's  discharge,  I  hope  you  may  find  the  above  explanation 
sufficient  to  warrant  your  reconsidering  the  matter  and  I  shall 
certainly  feel  it  a  personal  favor  if  you  do. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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W.T.H. SALTER.  S.cV  A  ^  I  &  j  R  OX  B  U  R  Y,  M  AS  S .  TRIMO  BASIN  WRENCHES 

(■  /  May  3rd.,  1915^^, 

Thomas  A.  Ed I'aoiu_J&q-rr^  (~  A^jg-r .  (Ja^- ^ 

Orange,  New  Jersey.  \  \ 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  let i rf1'  repj.a^f'vfould 
say  that  I  am  not  a  good  judge  as  to  whetl^r  ^biS*&vde^|  ref  eacrffr^Co  ispatent- 
able  or  not.  •  (j 

My  happy  faoulty  lies  in  possessing  good  mechanical  ldegC^Bever- 
al  ideas  in  the  wrench  business  have  been  brought  to  successful  issues 
through  my  persisting  in  stating  that  a  thing  was  practical  when  some  of  our 

In  other  words,  Mr.  ! 

i,  I  call  myself  q  dreamer  and  sometimes 
3  before  my  sight,  and  although  I  am  not 

mean  where  others  cannot. 

With  regard  to  this  idea  there  will  be  no  possibility  of  a  mis-un- 
Lng  arising.  Perhaps  the  matter  is  already  patented,  although  I 

immense  convenience  if  applied  to  your  Business  Phonograph  and  would  make 
the  use  of  it  more  liberal  in  private  houses. 

I  will  tell  you  what  I  will  do— -I  will  write  out  the  idea,  have 
it  signed  by  two  witnesses,  and  enclose  it  in  this  letter  leaving  all  the 
rest  with  you.  Should  nothing  oome  of  it  I  shall  have  no  hard  feelings, 

but  should  you  find  the  means  of  making  use  of  it  I  shall  feel  happy,  both 
itwicfiaptlng  my  reward  and  seeing  the  scope  of  the  Business  Phonograph  stil] 

W.T.H.S.  to  Thomas  A.  Edison. 

further  enlarged. 

All  our  correspondence  here 
ally  do  nine-tenths  of  it.  This 
no  douht  know,  and  were  it  not  for  yoi 

1b  done  on  your  Phonograph,  I  person- 
firm  has  a  World-Wide  business,  as  you 
xr  Phonograph  we  should  certainly  have 

to  add  at  least  two  more  clerks  to  the  offioe. 

Thanking  you  for  your  prompt  reply  to  my  letter  and  with  best 


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212-222  EAST  AUSTIN  AVE. 

CHICAGO  May  5th,  1915. 

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Dear  Sir: -  S 

The  writerhas  one  of  the  "Edison"  Diamond  Disc 
Machines  purchased  from  the  Edison  Shop  here  and  is  really 
delighted  with  the  music  and  the  wonderful  records  you  have 
produced  for  this  machine,  hut  is  rather  disappointed  in 
the  fact  that  the  Edison  Shop  is  not  able  to  deliver  many 
new  records,  nor  are  they  able  to  supply  a  great  many  of 
the  old  records;  one  Violin  selection  the  "Ave  Maria"  has 
not  been  in  stock  here  for  some  months.  The  xylophone 
piece  listed  by  you  has  been  out  of  stock  for  a  long  time. 

This  is  true  of  a  good  many  of  the  better  records,  and  you 
doubtless,  realize  as  well  as  the  writer  that  their  inability 
to  supply  records  in  demand  is  a  great  disappointment  to  the 
owners  of  machines. 

In  your  last  supplement  you  have  a  new  One-Step 
by  "Van  Ep’s  Banjo  Orchestra"  which  is  unfortunately  a  very 
poor  record  for  the  reason  that  the  piece  selected  was  never 
a  good  One -step  and  has  not  been  played  by  any  orchestra  for 
some  time,  was  really  dead  before  you  recorded  it. 

It  would  be  so  much  better  in  getting  out  new  rec¬ 
ords  ifryou  would  select  not  only  the  best  orchestra  you  could 
secure  to  render  the  music,  but  the  new  and  attractive  music 
in  preference  to  the  old.  You  are  woefully  short  on  Pox  Trots 
and  unfortunately  most  one-step  pieces  are  played  by  band 
when  orchestra  are  so  far  superior. 

As  a  lover  of  good  music  and  one  who  does  think  the 
Edison  Machine  is  the  only  machine  for  the  reproducing  of 
music  by  machine,  I  should  like  very  much  to  be  able  to  secure 
some  more  attractive  dance  music  as  well  as  the  very  best 
class  of  music  that  can  be  recorded  and  can  say  that  you  must 
realize  your  friends,  the  owners  of  Edison  Machines  cannot 
but  become  dissatisfied  through''the  inability  of  the  Edison 

Novelty  Bandy  Company 

MAiwiAfitBiiNe  mmBononvm 


to  supply  these.  Trust  you  will  consider  the  suggestions 
in  this  letter  as  made  in  the  most  friendly  spirit  and  for 
the  benefit  of  the  Edison  Co.  as  well  as  the  owners  of 
Edison  Machines.  Should  he  glad  to  hear  from  you  as  to 
your  opinion  on  this  and  hope  you  will  he  able  to  advise 
me  and  other  owners  that  you  can  and  will  very  shortly 
supply  this  class  of  music. 


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May  6,  1915  ly  p  / 

<V  /AA 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Mr.  Goodwin  has  favored  me  wl 
a  copy  of  the  letter  he  sent  you  May  5th 
regarding  the  Moving  Pioture  Demonstration 
for  the  Edison  Disc. 

for  us,  I  believe  it  will  be  one  of  the 
biggest  ads  you  could  give  the  instrument.' 

Mr.  Goodwin's  idea  has  been 


and  it  seems 


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Marion  Road  School, 

So.  Columbus,  Ohio. 

Bear  Sir; 

I  have  sent  out  a  few  young  men  from 
my  laboratory  to  give  a  series  of  recitals  of  my 
new  disc  phonograph  to  Churches,  Hospitals,  Schools, 
etc.,  and  am  desirous  of  ascertaining  if  they  performed 
their  duties  acceptably;  if  they  were  courteous  and 
obliging;  and,  generally  speaking,  if  their  work  was 
performed  in  a  satisfactory  manner. 

I  see  by  the  reports  made  to  me  that 
one  of  these  recitals  was  given  at  Marion  Road  School. 
Would  you  be  so  kind  as  to  give  me  the  above  information? 

3rd  &  Mound  Sts., 
Columbus,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir; 

I  have  sent  out  a  few  young  men  from 
my  Laboratory  to  give  a  series  of  recitals  of  my 
new  disc  phonograph  to  Churches,  Hospitals,  Schools, 
etc.,  and  am  desirous  of  ascertaining  if  they 
performed  their  duties  acceptably;  if  they  were 
courteous  and  obliging;  and,  generally  speaking, 
if  their  work  was  performed  in  a  satisfactory 

I  see  by  the  roports  made  to  me  that 
one  of  these  recitals  was  given  at  Zion  Lutheran 
Church.  Would  you  be  so  kind  as  to  give  me  the 
above  information? 

Yours  very  truly. 


Ur-  Phillips,  Priaoipal, 
Washington  School, 
Yuungstown,  Ohio. 

Bear  Sirs- 

I  lave  sent  out  a  few  young  men  from  my 
Laboratory  to  give  a  series  of  recitals  of  my  now  also 
phonograph  to  Churches,  Hospitals,  Schools,  etc,  and  am 
desirous  of  ascertaining  if  they  performed  their  dutieB 
acceptably;  if  they  were  courteous  and  obliging;  and, 
generally  speaking,  if  their  work  was  performed  in-  a 
satisfactory  manner. 

I  see  by  the  reports  made  to  me  that  one 
of  these  reoitalB  was  given  at  Social  Center  Meeting  in 
your  school-  Would  you  be  so  kind  as  to  give  me  the 

above  information? 


Olivet  M.  E.  Church, 
Minneapolis,  Minn. 

Dear  Sirt 

I  have  sent  out  a  few  young  men  from 
my  laboratory  to  give  a  series  of  recitals  of  my 
new  disc  phonograph  to  Churches,  Hospitals,  Schools, 
etc.,  and  am  desirous  of  ascertaining  if  they 
performed  their  duties  acceptably;  if  they  were 
courteous  and  obliging;  and,  generally  speaking,  if 
their  work  was  performed  in  a  satisfactory  manner. 

I  see  by  the  reports  made  to  me  that 

one  of  these  recitals  was  given  at  Olivet  M.  E. 
Church.  Would  you  be  so  kind  as  to  give  me  the  above 

'/uwnad  M  (Sweden/, 

May  7,  1915. 

Mr.  MoCoy,  Principal, 
Jefferaon  Sohool, 
Jefferson  Ave-, 
Youngstown,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir:- 

X  have  sent  out  a  few  young  men  from  my 
laboratory  to  give  a  series  of  reoitalB  of  my  new  disc 
phonograph  to  Churches,  Hospitals,  Schools,  etc.,  and  am 
desirous  of  ascertaining  if  they  performed  their  duties 
acceptably;  if  they  were  oourteous  and  obliging,  and, 
generally  speaking,  if  their  work  waB  performed  in  a 
satisfactory  manner. 

X  see  by  the  reports  made  to  me  that  two 

of  these  reoitalB 
you  be  so  kind  as 

ire  given  at  Jefferson  School.  Would 
o  give  mo  the  above  information? 
Yours  very  truljr. 


(LcroUj  W  ^1—  ~z2 

Cheltenham,  Penna. , 
May  7th,  1915. 

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1,1c,  Thomas  A.  SfliBon, 

East  Orange,  H. 

Sir :  - 

Kindly  advise  if  I 
son?  X  have  friends  who  have  heed 
the  most  marvelous  thing  they  ever  hea^ 
the  inventor  is  not  going  to  make  talking  machines,  so  this 
letter  is  to  ask  you  if  it  will  probably  be  used  by  your 


J^srruly  G>.  .UaJtcW''- 



Hjt  y\,OL^a  it  a  r  ian  ( 

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North  Troy,  N.Y. 
liay  8,  191B. 

Tbos.  A.  Edison,  Esq. 
Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  sir: 

in  repl#  to  your  query  of  the  fifth 
inst.  it  gives  me  great. pleasure  to  say  that 
some  two  weeks  ago  ur.  Samuel  1.  Paterson, 
representing  the  Edison  Laboratory,  gave  a 
recital  in  our  church  using  the  Edison  Diamond 
Disc  Phonograph. 

I  am  pleased  to  testify,  not  only  to  the 
great  enjoyment  of  the  entertainment  expressed 
by  the  people  present ,  who  were  greatly  pleased 
and  surprised  by  the  qualities  of  the  machine, 
but  also  to  the  great  courtesy  and  gentlemanly 
bearing  of  your  representative.  His  patience 
never  faltered  under  the  questioning  of  the  guests 
and  his-  answers  were  simple  and  lucid. 

I  am  porsonallymgrateful  for  the  kindness 
of  the  Edison  Laboratory  in  making^posslbie  for  us 
to  hear  this  wonderful  machine  in  so  convenient  a 

QhjICCigO  May  8,  1915. 

y^^^jcc^ju  ^  u>w,iL+ 


Note  what  you  say  regards  toj^he  ^oot^mattar^^ 

Regards  to  the *value  ‘of^’etitals ,  ^1 t^B^Lon^he  .^*  ^ y^, 
value  of  money  properly  spent  in  recitals!*  I  anuglad  to  note-'tha'i  a 
>lSl.4uaJJU  *''-$*■ 

you  have  proven  its  value  TjeyoriSTall  quoatioA^,  ,1  a«vfrp.nk  to  admit 

that  I  did  not  believe  uOrffTfie'  me  mod  pursued  in  New  .Yprl  juxj£-.the*'^( 

Cti if***  >tAeXl Uv-A^*  l 

proper  kind  of  demons  tra^  "nc  5^  'SKs»* 
conclusively  that  it  is,  i^wrll  have  to  admit 

other  hand,  if^QiL^|^ve  r^rovon,  , 
my  judgment  of  / I 

the  matter  v 
I  am  wrong, 

i  entirely  wrong,  ll  am  very  glad  indeed  to  find  that 

i  certainly  much  more  interested  in  the  successful 

exploiting  of  the  new  £ 
the  methods  which  we  hs 
great  faith  are  wrong , 
adopt  the  new. 

;  machine  than  anything  else  and  if 
i  pursued  and  in  which  we  have  always  had 
3  shc^/ld  be  the  first  to  discard  them  and 


Yours  very  truly, 

FKB .  15°^ _ . 

J  on* 

cu^Eh.  tu^  tedL  ^  -»»*• 1 

Tsri-  *. 

6 *Jr  vU 

juj*^  Lot.  dao-cu  ket-o-f. 


Ur.  Wheeler, 

Veraity  of  Ohio  Restaurant, 

2036  N.  High  St., 

Columbus,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sirs- 

X  have  sent  out  a  few  young  men  from  my 
Laboratory  to  give  a  BerieB  of  recitals  of  my  new  disc 
phonograph  to  Churches,  Hospitals,  Schools,  etc.,  and  am 
desirous  of  ascertaining  if  they  performed  their  duties 
acceptably;  if  they  were  courteous  and  obliging;  and, 
generally  speaking,  if  their  work  was  performed  in  a 
satisfactory  manner. 

I  see  by  the  reports  made  to  me  that  one 
of  these  recitals  was  given  at  Veraity  of  Ohio  Restaurant. 
Would  you  be  so  kind  as  to  give  me  the  above  information? 




GolnmllUSiO.  May  loth,  1915. 

Th&mas  A.  Edison,  Ebii. 

Orange ,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  6th  inst.  regarding 
the  young  men  sent  out  by  you  with  new  disc  phonograph 
is  just  received.  One  of  these  men  was  at  our  factory 
for  two  or  three  days  and  entertained  our  .employees  in 
a  very  satisfactory  manner.  He  was  courteous  and 
obliging  and  we  thanE  you  very  much  for  Uie  entertainments 
given  us  and  also  for  his  gentlemanly  behavior  while 

Very  truly  yours, 



Humboldt  Lodge,  No.  476,  F.  &-  A.  H. 



Columbus,  Ohio, . .W.  .1.9. .  W  5 

Shomas  A.Kdison.lisq. , 
Orange , 
It.  J. 

Dear  Pir:- 

In  reply  to  your  Inquiry  regarding 
the  recital  given  by  your  representative  be- 
for  the  Humboldt  Xodge,  will  say,  that  vve 
were  very  much  pleased  with  the  entertainment. 

We  found  the  gentleman  very  courteous 
and  obliging  and  the  work  was  performed  in  a 
very  satisfactory  manner. 

Much*?  ■  Airiio  U&®  ra  i 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N,J. 

Answering  your  letter  of  May  5th,  we  want  to 
first  thank  you  for  the  greatly  appreciated  and  very  en- 
ioyable  recital  given  by  the  young  man,  demonstrating  your 
new  disc  phonograph  here  at  our  offices,  for  the  benefit 
of  our  employees. 

The  young  man  in  charge 
indeed,  and  performed  his  work  in  a  r 
credit  on  his  employers.  Accept  our 

very  obliging, 
or  that  reflected 
gratulations  on 

ements  that  you  have  made  on  phonograph 

We  also  desire  to  state  at  this  writing,  that 
we  have  been  using  phonographs  of  yours  and  other  makes  for 
the  past  twelve  or  thirteen  years  and  we  regard  them  as 
an  absolutely  necessary  adjunct  for  the  proper  conduction  of 
any  up-to-date  office. 

With  best  wishes  and  thanking  the  Edison  Co., 
and  you  personally,  for  making  it  possible  for  “Ployees 
to  be  entertained  by  hearing  records  played  of  your  wonderful 
new  records,  we  are 

Yours  very  truly, 




Through,  the  courtesy  of  one  of  your  representatives,  Leonard  3.  Spurrell, 

a  demonstration  of  your  diamond  disc  phonograph  was  given  in  the  assembly  room 
of  this  institution  yesterday  afternoon,  and  created  great  enthusiasm  among  the 

Our  students  are  very  familiar  with  the  viotrola  and  they  were  enabled  in 
one  particular  instance  to  make  a  comparison  between  the  two  machines,  the  in¬ 
stance  being  that  of  "fteHve  Fifteen"  rooordj  the  acoustic  properties  of  our 
assembly  room  are  very  poor  and  the  rendering  of  this  record  on  tue  viotrola 
has  always  been  indistinct,  but  on  the  Edison  machine  it  was  perfectly  clear 
and  distinct.  This  difference,  it  appears  to  mo,  was  largely  dun  to  the  noiso- 
lessness  of  the  Edison  motor. 

Of  course,  the  practical  indestructability  of  the  records  and  their  longer 
time  period  of  recital,  the  absence  of  the  needle  nuisance,  and  the  infrequent 
necessity  for  winding  were  noticeably  distinct  advantages  of  your  machine. 

In  conclusion,  Mr.  Edison,  permit  me  to  express  to  you:  the  appreciation 
that  I,  in  common  with  my  countrymen,  feel  for  what  you  have  done  for  the  world 
of  Soience;  and  it  may  not  be  amiss  to  say  that  our  students  wore  not  unmindful 
of  what  you  have  accomplished  when  the  cheerleader  yesterday  afternoon  asked 

for  and  received  nine  mighty  rahs  for  Thomas  A.  Edison. 

Vory  Sinoerely 

JO  J, 

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Lfi  fiC .  'U^iiA.  *  ''»&**  •  "¥* *%r 

'j,  Jt'AffVsnrrs&fc^  t 

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Cortlandt  &  Wayne  Parker 

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TK°0r4nSiBSn  j  KB<1  «"*  ^  t  t"  ^ 

"tto  pUtfcveUn*  MFi.  u>pO,  4  m  «v 

Dear  Mr.  idiaon:  ,/  'f  v^fc4  U*  <*  *-*•) • 

I  cannot  help  writing  to  auk  ydji  whether  it  io  possible  to  put 

)  a  ay,  to  j^ecording  and  in- 
i  ni^unun 

the  phonograph  to  a  new  uoo',  that  ie  1 

terpreting  tho  songs  of  birds.  Theoo  songs  nr’6''usually  on  bo  high 
a  pitch  that  the  ordinary  ear  io  not  tuned  to  them  and  they  are  eo 
fast  that  they  cannot  he  remembered.  s 

It  has  occurred  to  me  that  if  those  oongo  could  he  taken  by  a  **“ 

sensitive  phonograph  or  dictagraph  tto-V  they  could  afterwardn  he 
rendered  at  a  speed  that  would  bo  half  or  a  quarter,  or  oven  an  eighth 
of  the  original  which  Would  put  the  pitch  whore  it  could  be  hourd 
and  within  the  range  of  tho  ordinary  musical  ear. 

I  write  you  now  beeauoe  the  wccdo  are  full  of  songsters  and  the 
records  ought  to  be  made  now  even  if  they  are  interpreted  hereafter. 

The  Woodthrush  and  the  Catbird,  and  the  Song  Sparrow,  are  all.vooal 
on  my  place  between  five  and  Bix  in  the  morning  and  to  n  lean  degree 
at  Bundown,  and  I  have  no  doubt  that  it  is  the  same  with  you  in  Llewllyn 
Park,  although  the  glen  just  beside  my  houoe  in  their  eupecinl  haunt. 

Pray  forgive  my  calling  your  attention  to  thiB  matter  when  I  know 
that  you  are  so  very  busy.  If  these  records,  however,  could  be  got, 
they  would  be  prized  not  only  by  the  muocian  and  the  naturalist,  but 
by  every  child  and  every  lover  of  nature. 

With  best  regards,  I  remain, 

Yours  sincerely,! 



Orange,  JJ.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  circular  letter  of  the  11th  Inst. 
i3  received. 

One  of  your  agents  gave  us  a  recital  of 
your  new  disc  phonograph  hy  appointment.  He  was 
very  courteous  and  obliging,  and  the  exhibit  was 
given  in  a  satisfactory  manner. 

As  the  Institution  is  fully  equipped  at 
present  with  Viotrolas,  we  did  not  give  him  an 
order,  but  probably  there  will  be  a  field  here  for 
your  phonograph  at  a  later  date. 

•led.  Superintendent 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Answering  your  letter  of  Kay  11  with  reference 
to  the  reoital  that  was  given  in  our  establishment,  will 
say,  that  from  all  reports  wo  learn  your  representatives 
wero  very  courtoous  and  gave  an  exceedingly  interesting 
entertainment.  In  making  our  inquiries  we  learn  that  the 
recital  was  so  enjoyable  and  the  demonstration  so  satis¬ 
factory  that  at  least  one  $150  machine  was  sold  to  one  of 
our  employees. 

Yours  very  truly 


ration,  DECEMBER,  1 
Only  Book  that  E» 


PubUtkcri  THE  JOHN  C.  WINSTON  00.  P 




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Ur . Tho  a . AiEdi son 

It  gives  me  pleasure  to  say  that  the  impression 
made  upon  an  audience  of  more  than  800  people 
in  Central  Church  by  your  disc  phonograph  re¬ 
cital  was  most  favorable.  The  operator  was  a 
man  of  tact  and  judgment. He  knew  his  business, 

and  did  his  work  in  an  entirely  satisfactory  way. 

We  feel  under  deep  obligations  to  you 
Cor  the  pleasure  and  uplift  afforded  us. 

Very  truly  yo\ 


Itrittfc  States  post  (Sffice 

Elyria  Ohio .Hay  13,1915. 

Thoo  A. Edison. 
Orange  V.J . 


Replying  to  your  inquiry  of  the  8th. inst. concerning  the 
recital^,  given  by  your  can  to  ny  clerks  and  carriers  at  this 
place. I  Wish  to  congratulate  you  upon  selecting  such  a  man  as 
Ur  Hopkins .as  he  was  realy  a  hard  worker  ana  seemed  y 

iSIch  interested  in  the  Edison  machine. 

The  concert  was  enjoyed  by  all  the  boys. and  the  work  was  performed 
ir.  a  very  satisfactory  manner. 

Trusting  this  will  be  the  information  you  desire. 

I  remain  very  Respectfully. 


'  Mr.  Louie  lininger 

2909  flewbury  Street 
South  Berkeley 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  30th  ult.,  addressed  to  Mr.  Edison, 
has  been  referred  to  the  writer  for  attention,  and  v/e  beg 
to  advise  that  we  are  forwarding  to  you  under  separate  oover 
by  Parcel  Post  the  gear  you  desire  for  your  $260  Instrument. 

7,'e  wish  to  thank  you  very  muoh  for  your  suggestions  which 
have  been  referred  to  our  Engineering  Department  for  considera¬ 

Trusting  that  you  will  have  no  trouble  after  you  assemble 
the  gear  we  have  sent,  we  bog  to  remain 

Yours  very  truly 



Assistant  General  Manager 


hay  14, 


Ur.  Clifton  B.  East 'burn, 
Manager  Taking  Machine  IV© ‘t., 
XT.  SnellenTjure  '■  Co. 

-e'ir  Ropl-'-ir.j;  to  yours  of  the  15tli,  as  far  as  l  a 

concerned,  it  o  coSed  to  me  that  the  Edison  demonstrator 
performed  his  duties  in  a  satisfactory  o 

Hnvmver.  as  I  wag  present  ir.  the  capacity  o,.  .. 
f-’iest  it  hardly  seems  fitting  for  we  to  make  a  report  as 
to  the  satisfactory  performance  of  any  one.  mr.  Lawton  j.n  th.-i.t^  the  hoys  enjoyed  th’e  v'holo  thing  very 

much  and  appreciated  the  hospitality  of  tne  Company . 

v -  sincerely  yours 

O^f- wV 

Special  Field  Scout  Commissioner 

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Your  letter  of  tue  7tli.  iroatund  received 
and  read  befor  the  camp  at  our  regurlr  meeting  on  the  1}U\. 
v.'ncro  you  asked  tue  camp  if  tiie  reiiisentive  that  you  sent 
if  they  performed  there  duties  acceptably,  the  curnp  wishes  to 
state  that  your  repisentive  gave  the  members  and  Ladies  of  iiury 
E.  isond  Auxilary  and  rnebers  of  A.  ?,.  Patterson  post  :7.  and  tnere 
Ladies  on  the  cvcining  of  April  22th.  Your  repioentive  llr,  Carson 
was  very  courteous  and  obliging  to  all  present  and  the  recitals 
which  he  gave  was  precaitod  by  all,  and  hope  you  will  receive 
many  thanks  from  all  who  have  the  pleasure  of  having  with  therm  one 
of  your  phonograph  recitals,  .  thanking  you  for  the  members  of 
Chas.  E.  eond  Camp  ih) .  li.  8.  W.  V. 

looq  Morgan  Avenue  Worth, 



The  Geltz  Time  Recorder  Hospital 



Cleveland,  O-LAY  14,  V9.L5L, _ 191-—/ 

at  the  above  address  calling  your  attention  to 
an  idea  for  an  entirely  new  method  of  making 
Phonograph  Kecords,  means  oXi«  CellulgjuL, 

Tape  or  strip,  *"  N 

This  idea  was  conceived  by  me  ear-  J 
ly  in  1901  at  which  time  I  had  patented  an  end-  / 
less  chain  device  for  mandrils  to  hold  Cylinders  N 
and  bring  them  up  under  the  reproducer  successive 
ly  or  at  will  for  cabinets  or  Hickle-in-slot  ma¬ 

I  never  heard  from  the  letter  then  writ¬ 
ten  to  you  and  took  it  for  granted  that  it  either 
did  not  reach  you  or  that  the  matter  did  not  ap¬ 
peal  to  you  as  practicable. 

As  early  as  1901  I  had  detailed  a  complete  systan  . 
of  compensating  drums  or  Beels  for  such  a  tape 
device  and  was  about  to  have  the  device  patented 
Meeting  with  business  reverses  and  devoid  of  mon¬ 
ey  the  best  1  could  do  under  the  circumstances 
was  to  send  you  the  idea  for  consideration  and 
depend  on  your  sense  of  justice  and  fairness  for 
my  compensation. 

About  Jan.  1912  X  got  some  fundB 
and  took  the  matter  up  with  my  atty,  Mr.  Bomhart 
and  had  a  drawing  made  of  the  main  idea  but  lack¬ 
ed  money  to  BrinAnnproceed  further  and  now  am  again  desireous 
of  having  you  go  over  the  proposition. 

If  you  care  to  go  into  detailB  further  I  will  gladly  furnish  you 
with  data  and  affidavits  sustaining  my  claims  as  to  date  of  first 
making  the  idea  known. 

Very  truly  yourB, 

H.B.  You  will  see  at  once  how  this 
would  make  easy  the  synchronous  applicatii 
of  voice  and  pictures,  &c.  &c. 


Youngstown,  ohio.  May  15,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Bear  Sir:- 

Xt  is  a  pleasure  to  me  to  report  on  the  work  of  the 
young  men  who  gave  the  recitals  at  Lincoln  School. The  first  was 
given  in  the  afternoon  to  the  pujbils  of  the  school  and  the  second 
was  given  that  evening  at  a  Social  Center  meeting.  They  were 
heard  hy  about  800  people.  The  children  have  asked  me  to  express 
to  you  their  appreciation  of  your  interest  in  their  welfare  and 
of  the  splendid  work  you  are  doing. 

The  young  men  were  courteous  and  obliging,  and  per¬ 
formed  their  work  in  a  manner  to  satisfy  the  most  fastidious  and 
left  with  the  praise  and  good  will  of  all  those  with  whom  I  had 
the  pleasure  of  talking  concerning  the  recitals. 

7/e  are  all  wishing  you  even  greater  success  in  the 
future  than  you  have  achieved  in  the  past. 

Tery  truly  yours. 

J.  VI.  Smith. 


.Second....  District 




r. . 

Hon. Thomas  A. Edison 
Orange  N.J. 
Dear  Sirs 

X  am  in  reoeipt  of  your  communloation 
regarding  the  rooital  given  at  the  Snd.Polioe  Distriot,of  your 
New  diso  phono graph; and  would  state  that  the  Gentleman  in  Charge 
performed  his  duties  in  an  able^ourtious^bligirigjana  in  every 
way  Satisfactory  Uanner^And  will  be  ploased  at  any  time  to 
extend  such  privileges  to  your  representatives  sb  Buoh  rooitals 
are  „both  edifying  and  entertaining. Thanking  you  for  your  Courtesy 
I. am  Sir  ^ 




0  o?°in°dSnc  phonographs 

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Thomaa  A.  Edison  Laboratory,*  .  »  A  \A?._ . 

Orange,  .  N.  J.  KK~vA 

Dear  Mr.  EdlaorT:  ^  ^  J  ~ 

I  belief  that  you  have* 

gained  a  wrong  impression  ofvrae.  If  you  will  remember 
during  the  Jobbers  Convention,  it  was  my 
idea,  which  I  pushed  with  considerable  force, 
to  have  Mr.  Meadoworoft  get  up  a  series  of 
stereopticon  slides  bearing  upon  the  hiBtory  of 
the  Phonograph,  the  artists,  composers,  yourself, 
these  to  be  used  by  our  trav&lerB  and  demonstrators 
both  in  city,  store  and  wholesale  demonstrations. 

I  do  most  heartily  believe 
in  demonstration  recitals  but  I  do  not  believe  in 
them  as  given  by  demonstrators  who  have  no  connection 
with  the  local  store  and  who  do  not  have  the  oppor¬ 
tunity  to  push  sales  directly  as  the  results  of 
these  recitals. 

We  give  recitals  both  in 
Kansas  City  and  in  our  dealers'  towns  and  most 
heartily  approve  of  the  plan  but  we  try  in  every 
case  to  have  the  recital  lead  directly  to  the 
dealer's  store  and  if  possible,  result  in  some 
direct  sales. 

What  good  would  the  Germans' 
Forty-two  Centimeter  Guns  be  to  them  if  they  did  not 
sl'gfrt  them  with  mathematical  accuracy? 

Trusting  I  have  made  my  position 

plan,  I 

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May  15,  1915 

sent  out  Needle  Machines  and  we  sent  out 
an  EDISON  and  we  have  lost  only  four 
decisions  since  I  came  here  November  15th. 


Mr.  Edison: - 

■been  tested  by 

Quantity  O.K. 

Amberola  30  B  (Note  1) 

Amberola  D-60  1  -  1  (Note  2) 

Amberola  B-5  5  5 

B-250  (mechanism)  4  4 

B-150  (Mechanism)  2  2 

NOSE  1:  -  She  speed  of  one  Amberola  30  was  found  to  be  about 
190  r.p.m.  when  received. 

NOSE  2:  -  She  wooden  top  grille  on  the  one  Amberola  D-6  tested 
is  finished  in  a  much  lighter  shade  than  cabinet 
malting  poor  appearance. 

00  to  Mr.  Baohman 
Mr.  leeming 

Mr.  Monahan 


Ursi  H.  S.  Robinson, 
#394  Baldwin  Avenue, 
Detroit,  Michigan. 

Dear  Madam: 

Mr.  Edison  has  referred  to  thi3  Department  for 
reply  your  favor  of  l/ay  3rd  addressed  to  him. 

It  unfortunately  haopen3  that  our  Cabinet  Depart¬ 
ment  ms  one  of  the  very  first  buildings  swept  away  in  the 
devastating  fire  at  our  factory  last  December,  and  we  are  at 
the  present  time  without  cabinet  making  laoilities.  Our 
cabinets  are  furnished  by  outside  manufacturers,  wno  however, 
would  hardly  be  agreeable  to  the  construction  of  a  single 
special  cabinet,  their  production  of  course  being  based  on 
quantities  and  standard  sizes. 

We  are  sympathetic  with  the  circumstances  that 
surround  your  request,  but  are  really  not  In  a  position  at 
this  time-— and  probably  will  not  be  for  along  time  to 

come _ to  assist  you  in  obtaining  the  special  cabinet  and 

equipment  you  wish. 

Ver.v  truly  yours. 

Musical  Phonograph  Department, 




May  17,  1916. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  2J.  J. 

Dear  Sir-  \ 

The  young  man  who  visited  our  school  in  the 
interests  of  the  Edison  phonograph  performed  his 
duties  acceptably  as  far  as  he  went,  hut  there 
are  possibilities  in  this  work  which  he  did  not 
grasp  at  all,  it  seems  to  me. 

Our  pupils  are  not  strangers  to  the  Edison 
machine.  1  have  frequently  had  my  own  here  and 
they  are  familiar  with  the  most  beautiful  records 
which  I  own,  and  I  have  a  large  collection  of  them. 

X  personally  selected  the  records  which  I  wished 
you  representative  to  play.  We  never  play  ragtime 
music  for  the  children.  Our  aim  is  to  elevate  their 
taste.  They  hear  quite  enough  common  things  outside 
of  school. 

In  demonstrating  this  instrument  in  schools  I 
assume  your  young  men  will,  as  they  acquire  experience 
organize  their  work  and  be  able  to  explain  the  music 
in  such  a  way  as  to  make  it  truly  educational,  as  well 

delightful  to  listen  to. 


I  hope  you  Y/ill  not  he  offended  at  my 

There  are  five  Edison  machines  in  my 
family.  We  are  Edison  enthusiasts  and  I 
always  feel  that  X  want  everyone  to  appreciate 
the  superiority  of  the  machine. 

Very  truly  yours, 


©Hurt  HajitiBl  (Ehurrh 

May  17,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hev*  Jersey, 

Dear  Sir:-  k 

One  of  your  young  men  gave  a  charm 
ing  recital  of  your  new  disc  phonograph,  at 
the  Annual  Luncheon  of  our  Woman’s  Union. 

He  was  in  every  way  courteous  and  obliging, 
both  when  he  first  called  on  me  personally 
and  when  he  was  at  the  Church.  The  women 
greatly  enjoyed  the  program  presented.  It 
gives  me  pleasure  to  bear  witness  to  the 
altogether  satisfactory  service  which  was 
rendered  us  at  that  time. 

Sincerely  yours. 

Mr. Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Auswering  your  favor  of  the 
10th,  I  am  pleased  to  say  that  we  enjoyed  the 
music  very  much  indeed,  and  your  representatives 
were  very  courteous  and  obliging. 

Very  truly  yours, 


HjiTT.C  General  Superintendent. 


NoRTHFIELD^MlNf^  May  17/l?15.  (J 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  /0  4 

=yri~~s^j=~  s®>  New  JerB0y-  (  )/ 

S  This  letter  is  being  dictated  on  an 

Edison  Dictating  machine.  In  our  office  we  have 
one  of  your  up  to  date  Edison  Shaving  machines. 

The  thought  has  just  oocurred  to  me 
that  a  big  improvement  on  this  shaving  machine 
might  be  made,  and  the  writer  having  been  a  farmer 
at  one  time,  can  see  no  reason  why  you  should  not 
malce  a  rig  that  would  shave  these  records  in  one 
time  over  instead  of  two  times  over.  The  shaving 
machine  that  we  have  requires  that  the  records  be  shaved 
over  once  with  a  little  plow  and  then  run  back  and 
shaved  over  again  before  they  are  fit  to  use.  This 
takes  twice  as.  long  as  it  ought  to. 

How  any  farmer  would  say,,  why  not 
put  on  a  gang  plow  of  two  Bhavers  and  just  plow  through 
onoe  and  have  it  done  with. 

If  you  think  this  is  practical  and  want 
to  take  out  a  patent  on  it  in  our  name,  the  writer 
will  assign  all  rights  over  to  you  on  a  reasonable 
rate  of  royalty. 

May  17th,  1915. 

PAWAMA — caiifobhia  exposition 

(Revised  List) 

Hew  Mexico  State  Bldg. 

Utah  "  " 

Nevada  "  " 

Washington  "  " 

Montana  "  " 

California  "  " 

Kansas  State  Bldg. 

A-250  Mission  Oak  -  shipped  from  factory 
and  installed  hy  Southern  California 
Music  Company. 

B-260  G.O.  Shipped  from  factory  4/17/15; 
to  be  installed  by  Southern  California 
llueic  Company. 

B-250  S.O.  Do 

B-250  F.O.  do 

B-250  Mission  Oak  do 

B-250  Mahogany  shipping  from  factory 

B-250  Famed  Oak  "  "  " 

The  above  comprise  all  the  State  Buildings  at  the  San  Diego  Fair. 


Copies  to  Uessras^Edison^^Chas.  Edison,  Wilson,  Maxwell,  leaning, 

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Lily  l8tli,  1915. 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Edison  laboratory, 

Hear  Sir 

On  the  evening  of  April  inth,  1915 ,  at  the  Brooklyn 
Edison  Club,  Hr.  Joseph  R.  Abell .of  your  laboratory,  gave  a 
recital,  with  your  now  diamond  disc  phonograph,  before  tho 
Current  Club,  tho  ladies  organisation  of  tho  above  Company. 

'i!he  manner  in  which  Hr.  Aboil  conducted  tho  recital  called 
forth  much  favorable  comment  from  those  who  liad  tho  good 
fortune  to  be  presont  on  tliat  evening,  and  in  behalf  of  all 
tho  morabors  1  wish  to  thank  you  for  one  of  the  most  delightful 
evenings  the  Current  Club  lias  over  spent,  and  to  wish  you 
every  success  in  all  your  under takings. 

Again  thanking  you,  I  beg  to  remain. 

Yours  respectfully, 

(giiaou  (gletfric  TjUuminatin#  (E».  »f  Jpi'ooliljm 

Mr. Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Beer  Sir:- 

Y/e  wish  to  thank  you  for  the  demonstration 
of  the  Edison  Phonograph  which  was  given  by  Hr .  Jptj&oh 
h  Abel 1  at  our  annual  dinner.  This  demonstration  was 
thoroughly  enjoyed  and  added  greatly  to  the  evening  s 

Y/e  are  enclosing  one  of  the  menu  cards  with 
the  announcement  of  the  demonstration  as  a.  special 

Very  truly  your3, 

Sec’y,  Commercial  Bureau  Council. 

Mr.  Francis  Rogers, 

115  East  53rd  St. , 

New  York,  N.  Y. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  the  16th  inst.  to  Ur.  Edisop  has  been 
forwarded  to  this  department  for  attention.  I  wish  that  some 
time  when  you  are  in  this  neighbohood  that  you  drop  in  and  see 
me.  I  am  in  my  office  most  every  week  day  ecepting  Saturdays 

and  Wednesday  mornings. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mgr.  Record  ng  .Department  ^ 

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:ir  Thomas  A  Edison 

Orange  H.J. 

Dear  Sir: 


I  would  ask  your  careful  consideration  of  a  plan  which  I  would 
like  to  submit  which, it  seems  to  ms, would  result  in  the  extended  use  of 
the  Edison  Records  in  a  new  field  . 

Each  year  Qarnagie  Hall  N.Y.  and  The  Academy  of  Music  Philadelphia  and 
similar  large  halls  and  theatres  throughout  Hie  country  aro  crowded  night 
after  night  and  matinee  after  matinee  with  representative  people  of  our 
big  cities  interested  in  illustrated  Travel  Talks  .  Those  Travel  lectures 
find  a  place  in  public  favor  second  only  to  concerts  and  grand  opera  . 

It  seems  to  me  that  the  success  of  the  Edison  Records  in  the  musical  line 
can  be  duplicated  in  Travel  Talks  and  that  the  Edison  Records  can  bring 
to  the  college, the  school, the  church, the  club, the  home, the  highest  standard 
of  educational  entertainment  under  the  slogan  "Travel  the  Edison  Way" 

The  plan  is  the  preparation  of  an  unlimited  series  of  Travel  Lectures 
by  a  professional  lecturer  the  lectures  built  around  special  views  each 
view  of  the  very  highest  standard  of  photographic  work  and  each  narrative 
a  popular  treatment  of  the  subject  and  not  a  mere  mass  of  dry  facts  and 

The  illustrations  would  be  50  to  100  post  cards  (  Photographs)  to  a  lecture, 
and  the  projecting  instrument  the  reflectoseope  for  the  school  and  the 
radiopticon  or  some  other  inexpensive  lantern  for  the  'home  . 

For  example  it  seems  to  me  that  there  is  scarcely  a  school  in  the  land  but 
what  would  purchase  a  lecture  on  Paul  Reveres  Hide  and  The  Battle  of  J.exing 
ton  and  Concord  with  illustrations  which  are  photographs  of  the  actual 
scenes  Revolutionary  documents , portraits  of  distinguished  participants  in 
the  historic  events  .  A  personally  conducted  tour  about  Rome, Florence, Genoa, 
'’enice , Berlin, Paris  London  etc  by  the  novel  method  above  outlined  would 
..ake  geography  and  history  a  pleasure  not  a  task  .  People  who  have  travelled 
always  like  to  review  familiar  scenes  and  those  who  have  never  travelled  fin/- 
pleasure  in  listening  to  the  descriptions  by  others  so  it  would  seem  perfect¬ 
ly  plausible  that  ray  plan  has  good  possibilities 

1  have  been  in  the  lecture  field  for  fifteen  years. I  have  lectured  in  the 
courses  at  Harvard , Vale  and  Dartmouth  and  some  of  the  largest  private 
schools  and  nearly  one  thousand  western  chautauquas  so  I  have  a  personal 
knowledge  of  the  practical  side  of  the  matter. 

I  have  just  recorded  on  the  Dictaphone  about  five  hours  of  Travel  Talk 
with  a  vi6w  to  submitting  it  as  an  example  of  what  can  be  done  .  Under 
separate  cover  I  am  sending  prospectus  of  my  Travel  Talks  .  If  the  project 
appeals  to  you  I  would  be  glad  to  confer  with  Hoping  for 
and  early  reply  I  am 

very  truly 


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stated  that  they  would^feje  'someone ^t^eBtigate  it. 

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Copy  for  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison  -  Laboratory 

Ur.  C.  L.  Brown,  Manager, 
northfield  Iron  Company, 
Northfield,  Minnesota. 

Dear  air: 

Mr.  Edison  has  asked  this  writer  to  reply  to  your  kind 
letter  of  the  17th  Instant. 

We  appreciate  your  interest  very  much  indeed,  although 
we  would  point  out  that  in  our  Shops  where  high  speed  is  a  very 
great  consideration  we  already  have  the  double  lcnife  arrangement 
you  suggest,  in  operation,  so  that  you  will  see  there  really  isn't 
anything  patentable  about  the  idea. 

There  are  many  things  that  we  oould  adopt  suoh  a3  this 
which  oould  be  used  by  the  technical  or  oareful  man  to  possible 
advantage  that  are  inadvisable  on  the  commercial  produot.  V.'e 
make  the  Shaving  Maohine  as  we  do,  so  as  to  attain  the  greatest 
simplioity  and  have  it  as  near  "fool-proof"  as  possible,  realizing 
that  by  far  the  great*  majority  of  Shaving  Machine  operators  are 
office  boys.  So  we  provide  it  with  the  automatic  "second  out 
device"  whioh  can  be  used  without  stopping  the  cylinder  when 
necessary  to  take  a  second  out. 

Taking  a  second  out  i3  not  necessarily  required  how¬ 
ever,  to  secure  a  good  recording  surface.  After  the  cylinder 
has  once  been  shaved  and  brought  to  level  with  your  shaver,  a 
properly  taken  first  out  is  sufficient. 

Again  expressing  our  appreciation  of  your  interest, 

we  are, 

Very  truly  yours, 



MtTIJSTT,  TKNST.  May  22nd  1915. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Edison:- . . . -- 

In  spite  of  the  above,  from 
the  editorial  columns  of  the  Memphis  Commercial 
Appeal  of  this  morning, .1  am  going  to  "But  in  , 
as  the  boys  say.  when  a  fellow  gets  out  of  his 

I  am  so  proud  of  what  you  did 
with  one  of  my  songs,  that  I  want  to^call  your 
attention  to  some  others  that. I  think  just  as 
good.  If  possible  would  like  to  have  you  consider 
them  for  new  v/estendorf  recordSeat  your  first 
opportunity.  Ihey  are  as  follows 

••There'll  be  brighter  days. my  darling" 
"Love  is  best  of  all" 

"Mavourneen  Asthore" 

"Gib  Me  Dat  Water  -  million." 

The, last  is  said  to  be  a 

great  favorite  of  President  Wilson,.  Poor  fellow, 
just  think  how  you  might  help  him  set  an  Open 
Sea"  for  all  nations  if  he  had  his  old  "Stand  By 
in  colledge  dajp.s  ringing  out  from  one  of  your 
splendid  machines. 

I  am  a  lonesome  old  man  but 
I  get  great  and  lasting  solace  from  the  Phonograph. 

'  If 'you' wish  3,6  see  copies  of 

the  songs  mentioned  I  will  forward  to  you  at  once. 

Very  Truly  Yours, 


Author  of 

"I’ll  Take  You  Home  Again, 

Palestine  chapter  No.  270 

North  Troy.  New  York 



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Two  weeks  ago, I  purchased  a  Diamond  Disc  at  *250.00 
Machine  after  hearing  a  recital  given  by  a  Mr.  Theodore  Moore 
Who  I  must  admit  is  a  past  ranter Jin  . that  particular  lino  of  work. 
Courtoous, Painstaking  and  a  thorough  Gentleman.  I  havo  kept  away 
from  these  so  called  phonographs  for  over  five  years  on  account 
of  the  motalici ring  and  loud  blasts  producod  by  them  but  when  I 
"Hoard  the  now  Diamond  Disc  I  at  onoo  know  that  at  last  thoro  was 
a  machino  on  tho  market  that  appealed  to  mo.  Hover  before  havo 
I  hoard  tho  swoot  melodious  low  and  over  tones  and  the  beautiful 
blending  of  more  than  two  voicos. 

Moping  you  moot  with  abur.dunce  of  Success. 

I  ..Domain .Tours  Truly 
‘  Prank  L  7.’ebb. 


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time  ago  we  wrote  you  concerning:  the  recording; 

of  the  record  “Aloha  0e“  (Farwell  to  thee)  on  the  disc,  the 
same  as  you  have  it  on  the  cylinder  No.  1812.  There  in  a  very 
great  demand  by  Disc  owners  for  this  re  cord.  In  this  city 
alone,  we  have  had  something  like  a  hundred  calls  for  it  and  we 
always  have  to  satisfy  them  by  stating  that  it  will  be  made 
shortly.  Is  it  not  possible  to  have  this  selection  recorded? 

We  are  very  sure  that  it  would  be  a  very  profitable  record  to 
make, for  we  desire  to  impress  upon  your  company,  that  not  a 
few  desire  this,  but  hundreds  are  waiting  for  it  throughout 
the  country,  we  are  sure.  We  believe  there  is  a  greater  demand  for 
this  record  than  any  other  in  the  catalog  at  the  present  time. 

Please  let  us  know  as  soon  as  possible,  if  our 
request  can  be  granted. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Butte  Phonograph  Co., 


June,  3rd.  1915. 

disc,  and  still  have  2  selections  to  put  out  including  the 
selection  mentioned  in  attached  letter,  which  was  not  put 
out  before  because  it  was  not  as  good  as  the  others. 




May  25,  1915 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange ,  N .  J . 

Dear  Mr.  Edison! 

I  would  be  the  last  uu< 
to  urge  you  to  "tout"  for  one  shop  where 
there  are  other  dealers  in the  vicinity 
but  I  believe  that  you  will  find  the 
results  from  the  ideas  which  are  advocated 
bv  Mr.  J.  E.  Curtis,  the  supervisor,  to 
bring  much  more  definite  and  satisfactory 
returns  in  the  way  of  sales  than  the  idea 
which  is  embodied  in  the  glan  whichbrougl 
the  "Edison  Demonstrators  to  us  uponjmp* 
an  extended  visit. 

Can  anything  be  done  to 

RiiBDlv  ub  with  a  set  of  Stereopticon  Slides  ^ 

soP?hat  we  can  successfully  use  the  stereopticon. 
in  our  lecture  recitals? 

I  am  very  keen  for  all  — 
of  this  sort  of  thing  providing  it  can  be  done 
in  a  way,  which  Will  make  net  returns  for 


Very  truly  yours, 


/"p  s,  Mr.  Meadowcroft  promised  me  some- 

—  \  *  ‘time  ago  that  he  would  take  up  the  matter 

<  of  Stereopticon  Slides  within  a  couple  of  weeks 

1  j  -  1  but  1  have  not  heard  from  him  since  then. 

*  -  * 

)  & 




Kay  35,  1915. 



.  J.  Leonard, 
c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Inc. , 

For  the  r.urpose  of  giving  you  a  line  on  the  Kinci  o±  a 
corSs  like  i?t  present  ones,  I  call  your  attention  to  my  personal 

I  have  purchased  from  the  ooiumoia  peopxe  .  th  t 

month's  list  than  T  have  been  able  to  gat  of  Edison  that 

I  could  keep,  altogether,  since  I  bought  the  adieon  machine  last 
December . 

It  is  not  that  the  selections  are  not  the  right 
but  you  are  terribly  handicapped  with  your records  for  two  reasons. 
1.  the  instrumentation  is  so  terribly  bad  .hat  moat o -the  records 
are  not  worth  keoping  for  that  reason;  ana,  3.  your  Prices  for  tne 
same  selections  on  Edison  records  are  so  high  as  compared  with 
either  Columbia  or  ’.Motor,  or  even  Pathe,  recoras,  that  .he  j,- ices 
charged  by  the  Edison  Company  are  really  extortions.-.  The-e  is 
no  justification  for  them  aHhar  in  the  record  or  the  h 

furnished  bv  it.  Take  for  instance  a  grand  opera  record  xor  w/woh 
you  charge  *3.00  and  which  record  is  ordinarily  made  by  somebody 
with  little  or  no  reputation.  A  person  buying  .hat  i«eord  ^ets 
just  one  number  on  one  side  of  the  record.  The  o.ner  aide  is 
filled  up  with  a  lot  of  talk  which  really  :is -nothing  £ut  slush 
and  about  which  nobody  cares  anything  on  earth  e 
it  once,  and  he  cares  but  very  little  for  it  the  once.  Any  ot 
the  other  companies  will  give  you  a  double-surfacea  record  Al.n 
two  numbers  by  real  artists  for  that  much  money,  anu  fiequ-ntly 
for  less. 

For  instance,  take  this  month's  Columbia  list:  There 

is  a  record  bv  Edoardo  Ferrar i-Eontana,  a  song  on  each  Bide,  for 
51.50;  one  by  David  Bispham,  containing  two  songs,  xor  tfl-w,  . 
two  bv  Alice  Nielsen,  each  having  two  songs,  for  v1.50  a  pie-, 
there  is  a  record  containing  a  song  by  Grace 
Hiederhold  on  one  aide  and  by  Reea  Killer  on  .he  other, ,  the  price 
Is  £1.35.  Those  people  are  real  singer a^uith  reputations  back  of 
them,  and  their  voices  mean  something.  Tx.en  ...e.e  is  a  IP  in 
record  with  a  solo  on  one  aide  by  Grace  Kerns  ana  son*  on 
the  other  side  by  F.eed  Killer.  That  record  sells  fox  rSJ.  The 
Edison  Company  would: probably  want  to  charge  *3.00,  if  not  jo.oo, 
for  the  same  record.  I  know  it  tries  to  charge  me  51.50  for  r- 
cords  made  by  Walter  Van  3runt,  and  people  like  him,  anu  I  can  buy 

T  J  Leonard  -  page  3 
Way  35  1915 

the  same  record  from  the  Columbia  people,  very  frequently,  for  65^. 
neither  the  difference  in  the  record  nor  the  difference  ir.  the  tone 
justifies  the  difference  in  the  price. 

Aside  from  that,  the  Edison  people  seem  to  be  weeks  be¬ 
hind  the  times  in  getting  their  records  to  the  public.  What  X 
mean  b7  that  is  this:  I  can  get  a  record  from  the  Columbia 

people  or  the  rathe  people  weeks  before  I  can  get  it  from  the 
Edison  people,  even  if  I  wanted  to  buy  it  at  the  Edison  price,  and  it 
IS  the  same  with  Victor  records,  although  I  seldom  buy  those  because 
they. are  too  tinny. 

Wow  when  it  comes  to  the  proposition  of  having  eliminated 
the  scratch  that  the  Edison  people  make  so  much  fuss  about  in  their 
advertising,  you  do  not  deliver  the  goods  even  with  your  "wonderful 
floating  sound  box."  All  you  do  is  change  the  kind  of  scratch. 

It's  the  same  old  scratch,  and  frequently  more  of  it,  but  it's 
pitched  in  another  tone,  and  X  can  use  a  Columbia  record,  a  Pathe 
record,  or  even  a  Victor  record,  and  by  adapting  the  needle  to  the  . 
record  or  by  using  a  sapphire  needle,  I  can* eliminate  much  more  of 
the  scratchy  sound  than  has  been  eliminated  even  by  the  use  of 
this  wonderful  sound  reproducer  which  floats  instead  of  travels  over 
the  record.  If  it  floats,  it's  like  a  sunken  buoy  -  it  floats 
pretty  close  to  the  bottom. 

As  a  matter  of  fact,  I  have  gotten  so  heartily  disgusted 
over  my  endeavors  to  obtain  Edison  records  that  are  fit  to  keep  and 
X  have  tried  out  so  many  and  had  to  reject  them  because  they  were 
not  worth  keeping,  that  I  am  beginning  seriously  to  regret  the 
fact  that  I  ever  purchased  an  Edison  machine.  If  I  had  known  be¬ 
fore  I  purchased  it  cf  the  limitations  upon  the  records  and  the 
difficulty  I  would  be  put  to  in  trying  to  get  real  selections,  that 
is,  those  worth  owning,  I  am  frank  t,o~say' I  never  would  have  bought 
the  instrument.  nevertheless,  the  Edison  Company  keeps  right  on 
giving  us  the  same  old  kind  of  stuff,  made  by  the  same  old'  orches¬ 
tra  or  band,  most  of  it  so  choked  up  with  wood  instruments  that  the 
reproduction  half  the  time  sounds  like  a  Mexican  ox  cart  with  a 
•wooden  axle  that  hasn’t  been  greased  for  months,  and  if  you  can 
imagine  anything  more  trying  to  the  nerves  than  the  sound  produced 
by  an  ungreased  wooden  axle  on  a  Mexican  cart,  I  don't  know  what  it 
is.  The  nearest  thing  that  I  know  which  approaches  it  anywhere  at 
all  is  trying  to  sharpen  a  dull  buck-saw  with  a  duller  three-cornered 

Now  don't  imagine  I  am  alone  in  my  criticism  of  Edison  re¬ 
cords.  I  am  not.  There  are  many  people  who  agree  with  me.  Prac¬ 
tically  everybody  who  comes  to  my  house  and  hears  the  instrument  has 
the  same  complaint  to  make.  In  substance  they  ask  me "why  I  not 
play  a  real  record  instead  of  that  thing?"  Even  the  persons  who  sell 
Edison  records  just  shake  their  heads  and  haven't  anything  to  say  when 
you  make  a  complaint  about  the  quality  of  them.  Of  course,  they 
have  to  handle  what  they  can  get  and  do  the  beet  they  can  with  them. 

T  J  Leonard  -  page  3 
Kay  E5  1915 

Ycu  may  have  the  over-tones,  whatever  in  thunder  they 
are,  but  you  certainly  haven't  anything  else  that  makes  up  a  real 
record  as  compared  with  other  records  you  can  get,  and  you  never 
will  have,  in  my  opinion,  until  you  change  the  instrumentation  in 
that  Italian  band  that  produces  moet  of  them. 

If  there  iB  anything  the  Edison  record  needs  to  make  a 
real  record  out.  of  it  more  than  to  cut  out  most  of  the  wood  wind 
ar.d  to  substitute  some  brass  and  add  some  strings  and  to  have  the 
aria  carried  either  by  strings  or  by  the  cornet,  as  it  should  be 
in  everyband  or  orchestra  instead  of  by  a  clarionet,  as  is  done 
by  the  Edison  liana,  the  Lord  knows  what  that  thing  is.  I  can't 
find  out  and  I  know  something  about  orchestration;  I  know  some¬ 
thing  about  reproduction  of  tone,  and  I  know  a.  whole  lot  about 
what  a  band  ought  to  sound  like  if  it  is  a  real  band,  because  all 
of  my  people  have  been  musicians  and  band  leaders  and  orchestra 
leaders  for  four  generations,  and  I  have  had  real  music  and  real 
musicians  around  mb  ever  since  I  can  remember,  and  that  is  pretty 
close  to  fifty  years. 

}’y  criticisms  of  the  Edison  records  are  directed  against 
the  band  and  orchestra  records  only,  W'.at  voice  records  I 
have  been  able  to  obtain  are  good,  but  when  it  comes  to  band  ana 
orchestra  records,  I  have  been  able  to  get  practically  nothing, 
and  I  have  certainly  made  every  reasonable  effort  in  that  direc¬ 
tion.  People  keep  asking  -me • for  Edison  records  when  they  come 
to  my  house.  I  can't  give  them  any,  except  a  few  voice  records, 
because  T  cannot  get  any  that  are  really  worth  the  keeping,  and 
all  because  your  instrumentation  is  all  wrong.  Any  real  bar. a 
leader  should  be  able  to  tell  you  this  as  well  as  I. 

Very  truly  yours. 




Uay  29th.  19X5. 

Hr.  Thomas  P.  A  flams, 

City Bti rift  Building, 

165  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Pear  f  ir: 

J*ou  favor  of  the  25th  instant  to  our 
Hr.  ? .  J .  Be  onard  has  Veer,  handed  to  me ,  and  I 
have  given  it  careful  attention. 

Pill  you  kindly  write  and  let  me  know 
how  many  Edison  records  you  have  altogether.  I 
shall  also  he  glad  to  knew  what  tyre  of  Edison 
machine  you  have. 

'..'ill  you  kindly  address  the  envelope  of 
your  letter  to  my  Assistant,  Hr.  \7.  IT.  I’eadcw croft , 
at  this  address,  so  that  it  will  Ve  brought  to  my 
attention  promptly. 

Yota's  very  truly. 



d )t  Cteformeb  Cfmrci)  ttt  Bmertca 


<©rnnb  Alirnue  fitformeb  Cijurclj 
JUNE  4th  1914 



.Thomas  A.  Edisi 
Orange  ,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir 

_ _ "Tours  of  May  13  at  hand  ,  my  being  away  has 

delayed  the  answer  .  One  of  your  young  men  did  give  a  recital 
/ferny  church  as  stated  and  he  was  most  courteous  and  obliging 
and  the  evening  was  a  most  enjoyable  one  to  all  present  and 
the  universal  verdict  was  one  of  highest  praise  . 

The  only  thing  that  was  not  just  as  it  should  be  was  that 
the  operator  did  not  have  his  own  machine  and  claimed  that  the 
(one  he  used  was"  "in~  venr  "pog^  order  as  indeed  it  seemed  to  b_e__ 
butT'T'pfesumS — thartrh'e'has  reported  this  himself  . 

Personally  i  greatly  enjoyed  the  entertainment  and  when: I 
purchase  a  machine  it  will  be  a  diamond  point  fedison.  Thanking 
you  for  your  entertainment  I  am 

Tours  Sincerely 

,  Uxl*-" 

Last  week  your  attention  was  called 
record  "A  Dream"  sung  by  Dan  Beddoe  which  blasted 
bad  echoes  in  it,  you  listened  to  this  record  and 
Hird  saying  that  it  should  not  have  passed  thru, 
up  with  you  and  he  said  you  said  it  was  0.  K.  as 

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number  embracing  the  best  of  "Mikado."  I  hope  it  will  bo  as  fine 
as  your  "Airs  from  Pinafore."  I  hope  also  that  it  will  include  hint' 
of  "A  wandering  minstrel  I)"  "You  are  right  and  ho  is  right}"  and 
"They"' 11  cut  a  dash  on  thoir  wedding  day,"  besides  the  numbers  that 
are  universal  favorites.  It  has  seemed  odd  to  me  that,  while  you 
have  given  us  liberally  of  the  other  Hilbert  and  Sullivan  operas,  yo 
have  been  less  liberal  with  the  best  of  them  all.  Perhaps  you  are 
reserving  it  for  a  final  triumph.  I  am  sure  that  thousands  will  wel¬ 
come  its  appearanoe  along  with  me.  Yours  truly,  ^ 


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Orange,!*.  J.,TJ.S.A. 

Edison  Phonographs  andReco^Edison  Prirnnry  Baiterios 

EdisonKinetoscopcs  andMohon  Picture  Film 

Edison  Home  Kinetoscopes  and  Mohon Picture  hlms 
Edison  Dictating  Machines.  Edison  Kinetophones 
Edison  A.C.Rectitiers  and  Edison  House  Lighting  Controllers 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  Recording  Dept. 
79-83  Fifth  Avenue 


Mr.  Francis  Rogers, 

Hew  York,  N.  Y. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Wish  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
24th  replying  to  my  asking  if  you  would  call  and  see  me.  She 
object  of  my  asking  for  this  interview  was  to  inform  you  that 
your  several  letters  of  complaint  to  Mr.  Edison  have  been 
forwarded  to  me,  and  I  wish  to  explain  to  you  in  detail  that 
the  trials  we  asked  you  to  make  were  inaccordance  with  Mr. 
Edison's  instructions.  Mr.  Edison's  report  on  the  tests  you 
made  were  not  very  favorable  and  I  personally  took  the  matter 
up  with  him  and  asked  him  if  we  could  not  select  some  song  and 
record  you  with  full  orchestra  in  our  regular  way  as  we  thought 
your  voice  might  produce  results.  We  therefore  booked  you 
to  record  this  song,  but  owing  to  one  of  the  musicians  failing 
to  make  his  appearance  we  were  compelled  to  postpone  the  date. 
We  then  gave  you  another  appointment  on  Friday,  April  30th, 
at  9:30  and  had  the  orchestra  here  waiting  for  you  for  fully 
an  hour  at  a  cost  of  $32.00  an  hour  and  you  did  not  appear. 

For  all  these  efforts  on  my  part  in  your  behalf  you  write 





May  2b,  1915 


1 e fcters  of  complaint  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Prom  these  letters,  to  both  Mr.  Edison  and  myself 
I  feel  that  it  is  quite  certain  it  will  be  impossible  for  u 
to  mate  satisfactory  records  by  you. 

Yours  -very  Itruly, 

Mgr.  Recording  Department 

/fflem-ad  S/  ($c/d  on/, 

Itay  28th.  1915. 

Hr.  T.  I.  Guidley , 

Cinte,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sir: 

Serlylng  to  your  favor  of  the  24th 
instant,  T  heg  to  say  that  we  have  recorded 
the  Sextette  from  hucia  instrumentally ,  and 
it  will  soon  he  issued  for  sale. 

~,'e  have  also  had  it  sung  hy  five 
groups  of  artists,  hut  none  of  the- records 
have  turned  out  satisfactory.  It  never  has 
been  sung  as  it  should  he,  hut  we  hope  to 
get  it  sooner  or 
it  all  the  time  . 

later,  as  we  are  working  on 

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May  Twenty-eighth, 


Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 
Dear  Sir:- 

It  has  been  a  great  pleasure  to  direot  the  work  of 
Mrs.  Maude  Ilsen  who  has  been  speaking  in  our  public  schools 
and  Illustrating  her  talks  by  the  use  of  the  Diamond  Diso. 
Mrs.  Ilsen,  because  of  her  Just  appreciation  of  the  greatness 
of  the  man  who  has  given  to  the  world  bo  much  in  the  way  of 

praotioal  electrical  improvements,  has  been  able  to  give  us 
talks  that  were  educational  in  the  highest  degree.  Her  per¬ 
sonality  is  oharming  and  the  little  touoh  of  hero  worship 
which  her  great  subjeot  very  naturally  calls  out,  makes  a 
fascinating  presentation  of  a  man  and  a  subject  whioh  all 
school  children  should  know  about.  Her  talks  have  been  ap¬ 
preciated  equally  by  the  little  Kindergarten  tots  and  the 
young  men  and  women  of  the  High  Schools  and  Junior  Colleges. 

let  me  congratulate  you  on  the  good  fortune  to  have 
the  Diamond  Diso  so  ably  presented,  and  the  equally  good  fortune 
of  the  public  sohools  in  having  a  characterization  of  a  great 
man  that  is  both  oharming  and  educational. 

Very  truly  yours, 

SMD/o  Assistant  Superintendent. 

Mr.  W.H.Meadowcroft, 

Hew  Jersey 

May  39th,  1915. 

W1  v 

Under  another  cover  I  am 

send  you  copies  of: 

There ' 11  Be  Brighter  Days, My  Darling 

Love  Is  best  of  All 

Uavoumeen  Asthore 

Gib  me  dat  Water  -  million. 

Mr.  Edison  very  Kindly 

suggested  that  you  looK  into  these  as  possible 
records.  The  first  Two  belong  to  the  family  of 
"I'll  TaHe  You  Home  Again, Kathleen".  The  other  two 

are  still  being  sung  though  they  are  old  enough 
to  be  forgotten.  They  say  that  Wilson  sings  the 
"Water-Million"  while  he  is  writing  State  papers. 

HAltT MS T T,  TK>*>r.  May  31st  ,  1915. 

with  the  public.  I  have  no  pecuniary  interest  in  any  o 
my  songs  -  dust  an  old  mans  pride  in  what  he  has  done  to 

keep  the  people  singing. 

Another  reason  :  The  Victor  people  have 
asked  me  to  send  them  something  as  good  as  "Kathleen" 

I  Prefer  the  "Edison"  though  at  present  I  only  have 
a  cylinder  Machine  with  about  300  brown  and  blue  records 
which  are  fed  to  our  boys  regularly  at  meal  time.  I  will 
try  to  get  one  of  your  Bisc  machines  as  soon  we  tire  of 
of  the  present  outfit.  Thanking  you  again  and  hoping  that 
you  may  decide  to  use  the  songs, 

Very  Truly  Yours, 

4?*rr*  Jv*v-o. 

BALANCE  SHEET  -  AS  OT  MAY  31st,  1916 

f  (ivr  ix^ 






Accounts  ReoelTahla 




Less  Reserve  for  Doubtful  PehtB 

Wholesale  35.62 

Retail  443.29 

Rent  paid  in  advance 
Sundry  Debtors 

Rotes  ReceiTable 

Building  Inrostment  J>.*i .  . 

Turniture  and  Tixtures  I);;./,  •• 

Good  Will  (Eclipse  Phonograph  Co.) 

478.91  111189.60 








Rotes  Payable 
ReserTe  for  Taxes 
Accounts  Payable 
Profit  and  Lobs 





This  statement  does  not  include  depreciation. 

MAX’  31st,  1015. 




MAY  MAY  31BT.  «15 

y  Miscellaneous  Parts 





4714, 25 

Less  Cost 

Phonographs  28085,70  07730.03 

R  e  o  o  r  d  s  6717,64 

X Miscellaneous  Parts  1286.83  36000.26 

GROSS  PROMT  12708.10 


4174.00  1240171.53 


Less  Expenses 

Pay  roll  3803.64 
Taxes  374.00 
Treight  &  Express  1021,07 
General  050.56 
Rent  1625,00 
Postage  171.76 
Printing  &  Staty.  205.10 
Teleg.  &  Telephone  165.28 
Power,  Heat  &  Light  331.81 
Serrice  28,01 
Advertising  1150.18 
Salesmens  ExpB.  467.22 
Insurance  - 

Legal  10.00  7072.53 


Add  Inoome  from  Bleat..  Int.eto.633.38 

“flftBr.TJB — 















Beduot  Rent  Hoboken  store 
not  wwwktwg  operating  75,00 

Beduot  charge  for  broken 

records  1.66  76.86 






NOTE:*  Rent  shows  credit  because  we  set  aside  as  an  asset  this 
month1 s  rent  paid  in  advance  for  June  but  which  was  included  as  expense 
in  April  statement. 

X  J, _ ,  'K. 

SURPLUS  ACCOUNT  -  AS  OT  MAY  31ST,  1915 

January  let,  1915. 

Tebrjrary  28,  1915. 
March  31et,  1915. 
April  30th,  1915. 
May  31  at,  1915. 

By  Balance 
T9  Sundry  Charges 

By  Net  Profit  Jan'y  &  Teb'y 
■  »  ».  March 

To  Lo  eb  April 
By  Net  Profit  May 





£BeiI|lclfwu  ^itljcran  dlptrcl} 

Mr.Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,J.  0. 

My  Dear  Sir, 

Your-letter  of  May  ID-arrived  with  the  P.-M. 
mail.  -I  wish  to  Bay  that  a  fen  weeks  ago  we  had  a  delight¬ 
ful  treat  with  one  of  your  maehines-Diamond  Disk.  The  two 
hundred  or  more  people  who  attended  were  very  much  enthused 
over  the  recital-and  the  only  complaint  which  was  voiced 
was  that  the  recital  was  bo  brief.  I  vras  present  myself, 
and  tho  I  hsve  a  "Victrols"  at  home,I  would  have  enjoyed 
to  hear  a  fen  more  selections.  The  recital  lasted  hsrdly 
one  hour.  The  men  you  sent  was. very  courteous  and  obliging, 
and  we  certainly  would  not  criticise  his  work,  as  it  was 
done  perfectly.  The  breuity  of  the  recital  was  due  to  the 
faot  that  he  was  to  give  another  one  at  some  other  place. 
Those  of  our  people  who  were  there, wish  to  express  their 
hearty  thanks  to  you  and  wish  to  congratulate  you  upon 
this  one  of  your  wondrous  achievement's-the  "Diamond  Disk". 

I  would  suggest  that  when  you  send  your  men  to 
a  perfectly  German  speaking  gathering  like  the  one  at 
Bethlehem  Church-you  give  him  one  or  two  German  songs- 
so  that  the  people  may  understand  thst  the  "Edison  Diamond 
Disk"  can  sing  German  alEoI  This-not  ss  a  critique-but  simply 
8  suggestion. 

Very  sineerely  yours, 

P.nA.  Hertwig. 

June  1st,  1915, 


Kew  York  Building  -  A-450  Shipped  from  Orange  and  Installed 

Hem  Jersey 









Ho,  Dakota 


Wash  ington 

ESB  CO.  Transp. 

Y.  W.  C.  A. 



\7.  Virginia 

A— 250  Installed  hy  Baley,  S.  F. 

-  JW250  Shipped  from  Orange  and  installed 

-  A-300  Shipped  from  Milwaukee  and  Installed  y 

-  A-250  Installed  by  Baity 

-  A-250  Installed  by  Baloy 

-  A-250  Installed  by  Baley 

-  B-250  Shipped  from  factory  to  Baley,  4-15-15 

-  B-250  '»  "  "  "  11  " 

-  B-250  FlemishOak,  Shipped  from  Factory  to  Exposition  4-15-15 

-  B-250  ••  "  ”  . .  "  " 

-  B-250  Austrian  Brown  "  11  "  "  "  " 

-  B-250  French  Grey  "  "  "  "  "  " 

-  A-250  Golden  Oak  -  Installed  by  Baley 

-  A-200  Installed  by  Baley 

-  A-250  Installed  by  Baley 

-  B-250  French  Grey,  Shipped  from  Factory  to  Exposition  4-15-1 j 

> _ £-250  Shinned  fro#  Factory  to  Baloy  -  4-15-15 

-  B-250  "*  . 

Eller's  Concert  Hall,  Liberal  Arts  Palace  - 

Levada  "  - 

California  "  - 

Mississippi  11  - 

Westfield  Pure  Food 
Exhibit,  (Restaurant) 

Texas  Building 
Utah  " 

Arkansas  " 

Canada  " 

Denver,  EFio  Grande  Ry. ) 


)  Prospects  very  good  o: 


T.  J.  LE01TAED 

ISO  IvIessr(fTEdisq5^  Chas.  Edison,  Wilson,  Maxwell,  Learning,  Berggren,  Ireton, 
br-tT:  McChesney,  Hallowell,  all  Supervisors,  'll.  G.  Bee  (ESB.CO.) 

June  2nd,  1915, 


gma — cai.ifo3i.xa  exposition 
(Bovised  List) 

-A-250  Mission  Oak  -  shipped  from  factory 
and  Installed  by  Southern  California 
iiuoio  Company. 

Utah  "  »  -B-250  G.O.  Shipped  from  factory  4/l7/l5{ 

to  be  installed  bySouthern  California 
”u si c  Company. 

Eevada  "  "  -B-250  G.O.  Do 

7/ashington  "  "  -B-250  F.O.  Do 

Montana  "  "  -B-250  Mission  Oak  Do 

California  "  "  -B-250  Mahogany  shipping  from  factory 

Kansas  State  Bldg.  -B-250  Fumed  Oak  "  "  " 

Salt  Lake  Union 

Pacific  Ity.  Co.  -B-250  Fumed  Oak  "  "  " 

Hr,  Edison:- 

The  following  records  have  been  examined  during  the  past  week, 
May  22nd  to  June  2nd  inclusive. 


Cracked  V/orn  Scratched  Peeled 
Varnish  Out  _ Varnu 





John  Herzog,  Somers,  Wis. 
T.A.E,  ,Inc. , Foreign  Dept. 
C.B. Haynes  Co. , Richmond, Va. 
Harger  &  Blish.DesMoines,  la. 






1671 _ 1543  11 



Previously  Reported 

December  9th,  1914  to  May  27th,  1915 
May  22nd  to  June  2nd,  1915 

o  June  2nd,  1915 

Total  t< 

J.  C.  CHOSS 
2020  Bairibridge  St., 

CUrw *+Of't**  to  ^jo4C~>  &L 

„  ,  .  June  3/ 1915. 


********  &*■  a  (4-fr-wtO-**  wO— 

Mr-  IhomaB  A.  ISdiBon,  W^-wj  C^w.fciwt  ^rv^a 

Orange,  H.  J.  <*  ^ 

Dear  Sir:  1  **  *'ru*  **" 

I  am  writing  you  Regarding  records  for  the  Diamond  also  _ 

„  1  «.  »  «».  ^“1  <"  — ^ 

th^k>¥.da^jte3  SSaOT 

has  a  very  fine  lino  of  good  musical 
not  oapahlo  of  reproducing  tujjovor 


musical 're cords, 


nd  sub-dividing  the 
'ar^'ma^f’^o^^Su?*  patrons , 

including  myself,  who  long  for  some  of  this  higher  class  imlsijp. 
feel  sure  if  this  was  out,  it  would  find  a  ready  market,  hp/ides 
■increasing  the  sale  of  the  machine- 


®allmtg  UJarljtnw,  Seagate  anb  £>upi 

Kr'.Thomas  A.EdisoV^/'***^'' 

/  Orange,  N.. I.  y 

Dear  ilr. Edison! - 

Enclosed  is  the  advertising  literature, 

^ ^programme  and  newspaper  notice  of  the  reci’tal,'  also  a  , 

*■“  ‘  which  came  in  this  morning. 

The  audience  numbered  aj/out  seventeen 
.  the  interest  held  uhtil  thtf  long  programme 
numbers  was  finis  liedL^^  ' 

All  the  numbers  wera/well  received, 
particularly  the  "Alone  in  the  Deep’,1  "Lullaby"and  the 
"Charmant  oiseau"  the  comments  on  /hem  were  very  flattering. 

ButrtKe_solecti€iriJhiclt*t»,eated  an  actual 
sensation  was  the,  "TwO  Larks’,’  piano  solpv  no  such  piano 
music  had  ever  ’hntftv.haBpd  bofore-Etia~~the  magnificent 
natural  tone  completely  filled  the  large  auditorium.Thu 
spontaneous  roar  of  applauco  that  followed  the  rendition 
jo-  clearly  showed  that  the  audience  appreciated  to  some'  \ 

0  extent  your  conquest  of  this  most  popular  instrument.  \ 

'§  prom  the  number  of  inquiries  which  \ 

^  ^_have  come  in  for  this  record  I  estimate  that  about 

one  hundred  could  have  been  sold, one  woman  stated  that 
? if  she  could  get  piano  music  like  that  she  would  sell 
3her  piano. 

1  81  I  appreciate  very  much  the  appearance 

number  of  the  older  standard  recor'dB  and 
trust  we  will  soon  have  a  complete  list  of  them. 

Diamond  Disc  s 


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Sincerely  yours, 

June  7th-  1916. 

Ur.  Louis  Llnlncer 

2909  liewburv  Street. 

South  Berkeley ,  Calif. 

Dear  Sir.- 

Your  letter  of  -ay  26th.,  has  been  handed  to  oe  to  answer; 

Your  Idea  of  putting  oil  In  tho  Gear  pan  Is  very  good,  hut  I  would 
advise  a  heavy  mineral  cylinder. oil  rather  than  oostor  oil,  heoause  of  tho 
liability  of  oastor  oil  to  "gumming". 

V?o  see  no  objection  to  your  manufacturing  your  device  or  selling  It 
as  an  aooeBsory  for  the  "A"  typo  maohlnes. 

Regarding  tho  oiling  of  the  Spindle  Bearing,  you  will  note  that  this 
has  been  done  on  the  now  Kodels  by  oountorborlng  a  hole  and  insetting  a  wlok 
around  the  shaft- 

Yours  very  truly. 

Chief  Phonograph  Engineer. 

Very  truly  yours, 

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Mr.  Edison: - 

Eive  letters  of  complaint  were  enclosed  by 
Blake  &  Burkhart,  from  customers: - 

Shis  party  1b  in  Asheville,  11. C.  Bid  not  go  there. 

This  name  does  not  occur  in  t  el eph o  n  bo  ok  ^  or 
City  Bireotory  of  Philad< 

(dealers)  knows  nothing  < 

r  lines  else\h  ere. 

Pound  this  gentleman  after  waiting  on  third  call. 

He  had  dioposed  of  his  $150  machine  for  §45  giving 
as  reason  treatment  by  Blake  &  Burkhart  rather  than 
fault  with  machine  or  records. 

Reported  to  B  &  B  that  machine  was  rather  loud 
for  the  room  he  had  it  in  and  that  it  jumped  back 
and  repeated  at  end  of  record.  Was  nevor  informed 
of  muting  attachment  and  the  automatic  Btop  was  not 

When  B.  &  B.  did  not  attend  to  his  complaints 
he  wrote  the  letter  whioh  they  send,  fhoir  reply  was 
not  personal  but  a  letter  which  he  showed  me  in  which 
they  Btated  that  under  no  circumstanoeB  would  they 
.  release  him  from  his  agreement.  Shat  they  noted  that 
he  had  been  buying  Victor  records  and  that  as  Edison 
reoords  were  now  universally  conceded  to  be  superior 
to  any  manufactured  they  hoped,  he  would,  in  ..he  future, 
see  hi 3  way  clear  to  purchase  Edison  reoords. 

Hr.  Rittor  says  he  got  hot  Beaded  after  such  a 
letter  to  him  "as  if  he  was  a  child"  and  that  he  diposed 
of  his  machine  to  another  p arty  who  took  up  the  then 
unpaid,  balance  c£  545. 

He  acknowledges  the  superiority  of  the  Edison  motor 
from  a  mechanical  stand  point  and  the  superiority  in 
'naturalness  of  tone  reproduction. 

He  has  had  others  listen  to  hiB  Edison  machine  and 
advised  several  to  buy.Edisoii's  among  than  a  Mrs.  Pear- 
Bon  who  had  one  sent  up  on  trial  from  Blake  &  Burkhart. 
The  machine  wa3  "dumped"  in  the  hall,  not  plaoed  in 
desired  location  and  was  not  sat  np  cr  adjusted.  Was 
so  faulty  when  played  that  she  ordered  *t  back. 

AlBO  a  Mr,  Brexel.  Maohine  was  sent  out  but  Mrs. 



lettor  from 
Jas.  S.  Rogers. 

Drexel  preferred  Viotor  reoordB  from  artistic  stand¬ 
point  to  Edison,  particularly  the  violin  records. 

I  could  not  find  out  whether  intelligent  effort  to 
show  our  heat  records  was  made  or  not. 

Ur. Ritter  also  complained  himself  that  our  records 
wore  not  as  good  as  Victors  from  artistic. standpoint 
,ut  that  he  had  not  heard  many  of  outb.  Also  acknowledged 
that  as  we  had  not  been  making  records  os  long  as  Victcr 
it  was  impossible  for  ub  to  have  made  as  many  as  they 
had  hut  that  we  would  probably  catch  up  wi th  than  in  a 
reasonable  time. 

He  baa  evidently  not  heard  many  of  our  best  records 
though.  Would  be  glad  to  receive  record  lists  (  which 
I  will  send  him)  ana  will  call  on  us  in  Hew  York  or 
Orange  when  next  in  Hew  York. 

Intended  presenting  phonograph  to  an  uncle  who  had 
been  very  kina  to  him  in  youth  and  had  instrument  Bont 
out  for  this  uncle  to  listen  to.  The  uncle  decided  he 
did  not  want  a  Phonograph  of  any  description. 

He  (Rogers)  criticized  instrument  as  being  too  loud 
for  ordinary  room'd nd  although  this  waB  demonstrated 
to  him  only  a  few  monthB  ago  by  Blake  &  Burkhart's  re¬ 
presentative,  •  Hr.  Elding,  no  mention  was  made  of  raatiig 
attachments  (exoept  as  noted  at  end  of  report). 

He  also  oriticisoa  our  records  aB  not  being  as  high 
•class  as  Victors  but  confessed  thot  he  had  heard  but 
few  of  ours  and  those  probably  not  of  the  best. 

letter  from 

He  has  a  Viotor  Machine  and  a  considerable  number  <£ 
■eoords,  but  on  aooount  of  the  superior  tone  quality  of 
>ur  machine  which  he  freely  acknowledges,  will  probably 
juy  one  for  himself  shortly.  He  Wishes  to  hear  some  of 
)ur  hotter  records  and  will  cal/  wnen  next  in  Hew  York, 
le  was  so  anxious  to  talk  of  the  machine  that  he  came 
)ut  to  the  elevator  and  oalled  me  back  after  I  1b  d  left 
bhe  first  time. 

Mr.  Tuft  iB  station  agent  at  Wenonsh,  H.J.,  about 
L5  or  20  mileB  out  of  Camden.  He  haB  a  B-80  machine 
shioh  ho  complained  scratched  a  great  deal  and  junked 
L/4"  or  moro  at  end  of  reoord. 

This  dump  was  caused  by  the  horn  seotor  beixg  to 
mo  side  and  leaving  the  worm  before  the  record  was_ 

“gtr&'MTs&Jr  Tssaa  r 
b  skats.'s  ttsssfir 

HI  more  than  6  or  8  feet  from  it.  look  the  machine 


out  on  the porch  to  work  on  it  and  allowed  him  that 
the  scratoh  was  not  noticeable  out  there.  Made 
1  im  nlav  over  several  records  on  machine  after 
I  woflfed  on  it  to  be  sure  it  was  satisfactory  and 
left  him  apparently  satisfied  and  well  pleased. 

In  attempt  to  find  address  of  K.  M.  Dutton 
(without  going  to  Blako  &  Burkhart)  called  on 
Ramsdell  6  "ons,  dealers.  Che  Phonograph  de¬ 
partment  is  run  by  two  sons,  apparently  about 
21  and  23  or  24  years  old.  These  boys  are  bright 
and  apparently  much  interested  in  the  Edison 
machines.  They  complained  of  Girard  phonograph 
Company  Jobbers  -  that  they  had  twj  bad  reproducers 
and  wanted  to  exchange  them  10  dayB  to  2  weeks  ago. 
Girard  told  them  they  hod  no  now  reproducers  in 
stock  and  could  get  none  from  factory.  Also  that 
they  had  a  standing  order  in  for  5  each  reoordB 
of  Baoh  supplement  and  seldom  or  never  got  more 
than  half  their  order,  those  frequently  assorted  so 
that  they  got  only  1  of  a  good  selection.  AIbo 
that  they  had  orders  in  for  back  records  (from 
catalogue)  since  first  of  the  year  and  could  not  get 

I  exchanged  one  of  their  defective  reproducers 
for  one  of  the  goods  ones,  I  had  along.  While 
showing  them  how  to  adjust  height  or  reproducer  arm, 
damaged  one  of  their  records  which  I  promised  to 

In  general  the  trouble  seems  to  be  that  Blake 
&  Burkhart  are  superficial  in  their  treatment  of 
their  customers  and  do  not  show  evidence  of  efforts 
to  deal  personally  with  their  customers,  or  take  up 
personally  their  complaints  and  criticisms.  .  i’er 
instance  oritioisms  of  machines  being  too  loud  could 
have  been  relieved  by  demonstrating  muting  attachment. 
Criticisms  of  lack  of  violin  records  oould  have  boon 
relieved  by  playing  more  violin  records.  Criticisms 
that  our  records  wore  not.  .of  as  high  class  as_Viotors 

could  I  believe  have  been  largely  offset  by  playing 
a  number  of  our  better  reoordB  and  assuring  that 
customers  that  we  wore  now  turning  out  records  more 
rapidly  than  any  other  manufacturers  a  good  proportion 
Of  whioh  were  of  the. better  class.- 

shortly  get  out  a  muffler  which  from  p. 
orintion  of  the  construction  -  would  be  a- sort  <£  _  . 

butterfly  valve,  placed  on  the  pin. which  is  engaged  by 
the  damp  ing  r  ing . 

6/8/15.  A‘ 


#46  Reed  Street, 
Asheville ,  H.C. 

Dear  Ur.  Bur kart 

I  am  waiting  and  the  arm  did  not  arrive 
on  Saturday  as  mail  was  delayed  here  on  account  of  the  storm, 
hut  suppose  it  will  behere  to-day. 

Dp. likes  the  tone  etc..,  but  can  only 
find  about  six  records  he  likes-  such  as  Destinnu  Anna  Case 
and  the  one  violin  records.  He  was  very  anxious  to  hear  a 
chorus,  or  blending  of  voices,  but  you  did  not  send  any 
records  of  that  kind,  so  I  am  doing  the  best  I  can.  He  finds 
fault  with  crackling  noise,  and  vibration  on  high  notes  cf 
Sbnci,  eto..  for  which  you  can’t  . blame  him,  they  are  awful.. 

He  figuros  that  he  has  four  or  five  thousand  dollars  in 
Victor  records.  These  areof  the  very  best,  nnd  all  vocal. 

He  does  not  own  on  instrumental  record.  He  sayB  he  can  listen 
to  Edison  band  records. 

Mrs.  Sylvis  Von  -Ruck  went  to  Hew  York 
and  will  visit  the  recording  laboratory  whiletthere  and  arrange 
to  make  one  or  two  records  on  an  EdiBOn.  She  is  considered  a 
vorv  fine  singer.  Should  she  be  able  to  make  recordB  it  will 
mean  four  machines  at  least  -  but  two  will  he  for  here  home  in 
St.  Louis  (or  her  peoples  home). 

If  the  arm  comes  to-day,  I  will  write  you 
definitely  tomorrow.  Regarding  sales  -  Does  a  purchaser  pay_ 
transportation  ohargeB?  And  in  the  event  cf  our  buying  one  do 
I  get* a  discount?  There  is  a  man  here  who  has  written  G.  P.  Co  — 
Ur7  Cope  -  for  an  agency.  Xf  you  are  talking  to  Cope  you  might 
tedl  him  that  this  man  is  seventy  years  old  -  k®®  n°  P11®"  f6 
all  has  a  poor  location,  and  give  most  any  one  25J»  off  on  a 
Victor  or  Columbia.  I  would  not  consider  him  a  good agent  1 
presume  the  man  will  mention  my  name  to  Cope  in  hiB  letter,  as^ 

Dr.  had  the  man  here  and  told  him  of  my  connection  with  Edison. 

Thanking  you  for  your  favors,  and  assur¬ 
ing  you  of  at  least  one  sale,  with  best  interests  for  you  all. 

Send  along  a  lease. 

(Signed)  H.  1.  Stookinger. 


Messrs.  Blake  &  Burkart, 

Dear  Sir:- 

A1 though  you  were  very  prompt  in 
looking  into  our  complaints  regarding  the  Phonograph,  I  must 
tell  you,  we  are  still  very  much  annoyed  and  alarmed  at  Hie 
condition  of  same. 

We  were  obliged  to. stop  using  it  3a  st 
evening.’ Please  send  someone  who  thoroughly  understands  overy 
thing  about  it.  Yesterday  the  young  man  bent  the  arm  up  a 
trifle,  but  the  music  is  worse  -  a  constant  grinding  sound  and 
an  occasional  scratching  sound,  makes  a  very  unpleasant 

Wc  are  more  than  displeased  at  this  time 
and  if  it  were  possible  we  would  consider  exchanging  the  whole 
outfit  for  a  viotrola,  we  certainly  anticipated  no  trouble 
like  this  when  we  decided  to  get  the  Edison. 

Yours  truly, 

(Bigned)  K.  U.  Dutton. 


Office  of 
A.  Howard  liitter, 
attorney  at  law, 

206  W.  Washington  Square, 
Phila.  Pa. 

May  12,  1915. 

Messrs.  Blake  &  Burkart, 

Uth  &  Walnut  Sts. , 

Gentlemen: - 

1  write  to  ask  whether  you  wouia  ho 
willing  to  take  back  the  Edison  instrument  which 
you  sold  to  me  and  canoel  my  contract  with  you. 

Of  course  you  would  retain  tie  money  I  have  pal  d 
up  to  this  time,  the  amount  which  I  Btill  owe  you 
being  about  §55. 

She  machine  is  in  perfectly  good  con¬ 
dition,  but  in  view  of  the  fact  that  the  records 
which  we  use  seem  to  be  entirely  Victor  records 
and  they  seem  to  play  better  on  the  Victor  macii  ine, 
I  think  it  bettor  to  make  the  change. 

,  yours  truly, 

(sffigned)  A.  Howard  Hitter. 

(Dotation  in  Ink) 

Ehis  man  had  paid  §95.00  on  a  §150.00  instrument. 


Philadelphia,  Pa.  June  28,  1915. 

Blake  &  Burkart, 

S.W.  Cor.  11th  &  walnut  Sts., 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Bear  Sirs:- 


I  want  to  thank  you  very  much  for  the  demonstration  of 
the  Edison  Biamond  Biso  phonograph  recently  made  at  my  residence 
in  Haverford,  by  your  Mr.  Jarvis  M.  Elton. 

Both  my  own  household  and  Borne  friends  who  wore  pre¬ 
sent  enjoyed  the  demonstration  very  much. 

As  I  informed  Mr.  Elton,  I  was  not  considering  liio  pur¬ 
chase  of  the  machine  for  myself,  tut  to  present  to  a  certain  party. 

I  already  have  a  machine  of  another  make. 

For  certain  reasons,  of  which  I  have  told  Mr.  Elton,  I 
have  decided  not  to  purchase  a  machine  of  any  make  at  present,  but 
shall  probably  take  up  with  you  the  purchase  of  one  of  your  machines 
later  on. 

In  the  meantime  it  is  only  fair  that  in  return  for 
your  trouble  in  making  the  demonstration,  I  should  let  you  know  how 
your  machine  impressed  us. 

We  compared  it  side  by  side  with  my  machine  of  another 
make.  Most  of  the  records  which  we  have  are  by  artistB  of  the  high¬ 
est  rank.  Suoh  fine  records  rendered  on  the  other  machine  impr  eased 
us  os  certainly  much  better  than  the  general  run  of  yuur  records 
rendered  on  your  machine,  as  your  records  seemed  for  the  most  part 
to  be  by  mucli  inferior  artistB. 

While  we  enjoyed  greatly  some  of  your  records  by  your 
best  artists,  a  number  of  which  were  included  in  the  seldctions 
sent,  yet  many  of  those  which  seem  typical  of  the  general  run  of 
your  records,  were,  to  put  it  plainly  but  without  intending  my  dis¬ 
courtesy,  more  painful  than  pleasant  to  hear. 

I  mention  this  to  show  the  disadvantage,  as  respects 
recordB,  under  which  your  maohine  had  to  be  compared  with  the  other. 

It  is  perhaps  all  the  more  to  its  credit  that  notwith¬ 
standing  this  wo  were  impressed  with  its  superior  merits  as  a 
maohine.  It  is  not,  therefore,  from  any  laok  of  appreciation  of 
the  maohine  that  I  am  not  purchasing  one  at  present.  Hor  is  it 
because  of  your  lock  of  good  records.  I  realize  that  records  of 
other  makes  can  be  played  on  your  machine  with  an  attachment  which 
is  very  little  trouble  to  attach. 


your  own  lack  of  good  records  would,  therefore,  not 
be  such  as  especial  deterrent  to  me.  But  the  party  to  whom  I  was 
considering  presenting  one  of  your  machines  is  one  to  whom  the 
adjustment  of  even  such  simple  ottaohmontB  is  distasteful,  as  he 
does  not  like  anything  in  the  naiare  of  mechanics.  To  him  the. - 
necessity  of  haging  to  make  back  and  forth  this  change  of  attach¬ 
ment,  aeoording  to  whose  record  he  wanted  to  play,  would  be  very 
annoying.  And  without  making  the  change  he  would  find  himself 
limited  to  very  few  good  records. 

your  raaohine  also  impressed  ub  as  rendering  some  record 
a  little  too  powerfully  to  be  pleasant  in  a  small  room,  and  as 
therefore  needing  some  adjustable  muffling  device.  The  room  *n 
Which  it  was  rendered  was  quite  a  large  sized  one,  but  even  so  th,e, 
machine  rendered  some  records  unpleasantly  loud,  and  it  was  evident 
that  in  a  small  room  it  would  be  too  loud  on  may  records. 

It  is  not,  however,  because  of  any  of  these  things  that 
I  have  nostnoned  considering  purchasing  a  maci  ine,  but  because  the 
party  to  whom  I  wanted  to  present  it,  after  at  first  appearing  quite 
enthusiastic  about  it,  seems  to  have  concluded  that  lie  doeB  not  want 
a  machine  of  any  make,  especially  as  he  hears  the  machines  of  others 
in  his  neighborhood  sometimes  more  frequently  than  he  finds  enjoyable. 

Your  machine  impressed  me  personally  so  favorably ,  that  . 
notwithstanding  the  laok  of  many  records  of  the  best  artists,  I 
would  like  to  have  one  eventually,  and  will  take  the  matter  up 
with  you  later. 

Though  your  demonstration  has  not  resulted  in  an 
immediate  sale,  your  trouble  has  not  been  wasted,  fdr  the  machine 
made  a  good  impression  and  we  will  take  pleasure  in  Bpeaking 
favorably  of  it. 

It  gives  me  pleasure  to  add  that  Ur.  Elton  demonstrated 
the  machine  in  a  very  acceptable  and  tactful  manner,  and  did  not 
annoy  by  over-urging  his  "selling  points". 

If  it  had  been  merely  a  matter  of  good  salesmanship  he 
would  havo  made  a  sale,  and  it  is  no  fault  of  his  that  he  has  not  made 
an  immediate  sale. 

Will  you  kindly  call  for  the  machine  and  records  at  you 
early  convenience. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  James  S.  RogerB. 


Sinoe  Mr.  Wilson  called  to  adjust  phonograph  it  has 
been  in  a  worse  condition.  the  grinding  is  very  pronounced, 

^TL^ftfeSVe^  much  Sppltaa 

huve°to  call  ^"tonX' to%Ms Ve' dlTAot  feel  that  it  is 
anv  fault  of  ours  that  the  machine  is  so  often  out  of  repair  • 

We  hfve  taken  good  oare  of  it  end  never  permit  anyone  not  familiar 
with  the  Edison  to  play  it. 

If  you  will  give  this  your  attention  soon  will  he  greatly 
obliged  to  you. 

Very  respectfully. 

Wenonah,  H. J. 

June  9th.  1915. 

Clarence  Dillon,  Esq., 
i>  V/m.  A.  Head  &  Company, 
Bassau  &  Cedar  Streets, 
Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Ur.  Dillon: 

You  will  he  glad  to  learn  that  your  phonograph  and 
records  were  shipped  to  you  at  Rye .yesterday,  ana  I  trust  they  will 
he  safely  received.  T  told  you  over  the  'phone  that  we  were  going 
to.  ship  50  records,  hut  of  the  list  selected  there  were  three  that 
couia  not  he  Shipped  immediately,  hut  these  .will  he  send  along  later. 

Tf  you  have  any  difficulty  in  unpacking  and  setting  up  the  machine , 
please  let  me  know  ana  T  will  have  a  man  sent  tip  to  attend  to  it. 
Indeed,  if  you  would  rather  that  we  would  do  this,  T  shall  he  very 
glad  to  have  it  attended  to  in  this  way  upon  hearing  from  you. 

You  asked  me  to  let. you  know  a  few  of  Mr.  Edison's 
favorites.  He  has  quite  a  number  among  the  recordB  that  we  are  send¬ 
ing  you,  hut  the  following  are  special  favorites  of  his. 

82063  -  Ave  Maria.  -"'Violin  (  Carl  Flesoh) 

83019  -  Ah  mon  fils  (Prophete)  Delna- 
88077  -  Depuis  le  jour  (louise )  Anna  Case- 
80188  -  William  Tell  Overture  -  Part  1  (Edison  Concert  Bandi 
William  Tell  Overture  -  Part  11 (Edison  Concert  Band! 
80010  -  Darling  Belly  Gray  (Metropolitan  Quartet) 

80813  -  Teenie,  eenie,  weenie  (Suzi)  Claikand  Phillips- 
80160  -  I’ll  take  you  home  again  Kathleen  (Walter  Van  Biuni 

Yours  very  truly, 

William  le  Hoy  Robertson 
218  Forrest  Ave . 
Harberth,  Pa. 

June  11th,  1915. 

XrJ*«  Uffth  +  .. 

.  XjliTA 


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JbMks*  Ntftfe, 

•U^  UM  SULaJU^y  ^otc^wv^^ 

is  the  proud  possess^  of  one_of  your^ 

Dear  Mr*  Edison: 

She  writer  —  —  „ - w -  „  - 

Diamond  Diso  Machines*  At  first,  it  was  my  intention  to  purchase 
a  Victor  attachment.  It  soon  beoamo  a  case,  however,  that  every 
time  I  heard  a  Victor  record,  the  bettor  I  liked  my  Edison 
maohine.  How,  I  would  rathor  do  without  the  Victor  material  al¬ 
together,  providing  more, better-class  music  is  forthcoming  from  the 
"Edison"  Works. 

While  you  have  some  most  excellent  numbers  among  your  li¬ 
brary  of  records,  I  must  say  it  is  somewhat  disappointing  because 
there  are  so  many  fine  selections  you  do  not  have.  Again,  you 
seem  to  have  a  large  number  of  records  which  are  not  desirable, 
while  the  selection  itself  is  a  good  one.  For  instance,  you  have 
the  "largo"  played  by  an  orchestra;  but,  when  played,  it  altogether 
lacks  volume  and  largness  of  tone,  which  you  always  expect  when  you 
hoar %  hi sseleot ion;  therefore ,  the  record  is  disappointing. 

While  I  am  writing,  it  might  also  bo  of  interest  to  you 
regarding  a  demonstration  of  the  Edison  maohine  I  attended  3a 3t 
Winter  at  the  Drexel  Institute,  Philadelphia*  I  must  say  tnat 
whoever8 made  the  selections  for  this  ^n»nstrationtney  certainly 
did  not  do  justioe  to  your  machine.  It  seems  that  \dtn  the  M-oaP 

plaud  vigorously. 

If  you  are  interested  in  hearing  the  views  of  one  of  your 

•spa  L“  ffj.s.’srjr.i'aisa  saJ-a 

with  the  Diamond  Disc  machine. 

Yours  respectfully. 


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\  a  ney,-idea  lias  recently  oome  to  me  which  grows  with  tha  evolu¬ 
tion  of  thought,imtil  to  me  it  seems  to  have  no  end,  and  being  akin 
to  the  many  industries  with  which  you  are  engaged  ,  perfeoting,  and 

developing, may  I  venti 

i  ask  your  valuod  opinion  of  suoli  £ 

its  practicability,  whether  it  could  or  should  be  pr oteo  ted, and  how? 
m  these  days  of  the  phonographic  Record  of  the  v  oic  e  : 

Of  viotrola  Records  of  songs, on  d  instrumental  music  j 
Of  Motion  pictures  to*  the  vi  to  graph  *  reproducing  all  kinds  of 
soenery’,  and  the  visualization  of  Dramas  in  photo-plays  s 
Of  the  TULSSCniBai,  viiioh  you  have  just  completed  for  reo  or  ding 
telephone  conversations:  in  this  age  of  PAST  LIVING* 
the  TiMa  is  PAST»when  books  will  be  read  to  any  consid.,erab  le 
extent, except,  for  reference, and  as  text  books  j 

LIBRARIES  OP  PHONOGRAPHIC  R3C0RDS, instead  of  BOO  KSV  Chapter  ,  by  chap¬ 
ter  a  new  reoord  for  each  week,  or  month,  from  the  pen, or  conversation 
of  the  best  Authors, (with  slight  royalty),  in  so., rial  for,m,o  r  an  en¬ 
tire  work  condensed  for  the  purpose, from  th  e  Best  things  extant. 

Xhis  idea  is  immediately  adaptable, because  of  the  fact  that  thousco  ds  of 
people  already  pwn  phonographs, and  the  saving  to  eyesight  oould  never 
be  estimated, and  while  the  Arts  and  music  or.  e  being  so  broadly  dissem¬ 
inated,!  think  the  best  in  literature  should  take  the  same  stride. 

in  case  this  idea  is  not  oovered  w  th  the  paten. t,  or  copyright 

yours  ver  y  truly, 

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practice  your  five  finger  exercise,  or  your  scales,  and  no  one  hears  you — you  annoy  no 
one.  It  keeps  your  fingers  supple. 

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Key-Board.  Don’t  get  on  other  peoples  nerves  by  your  exercises  and  scales.  No 
matter  how  proficient  you  are  at  the  piano,  your  neighbors  prefer  your  playing  to 
your  practice. 

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the  result  of  too  little  practice,  consqueutly  most  pianos  are  only  indifferently  well 
played,  due  to  insufficient  practice.  The  Daniel  Practice  Key-Board  is  built  for  prac¬ 
tice;  the  Piano  for  beautiful  music ;  with  The  Daniel  Practice  Key-Board  you  can 
have  more  music  and  better  music. 



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Referring  to  the  attached  Balance  Sheet  of  the  Phonograph 
Corporation  of  Manhattan  for  the  month  of  April,  the  loss  of 
$3573.21  shown  on  second  page  is  Because  of  three  months'  rent  having 
Been  charged  in  this  particular  month,  the  rent  Being  paid  every 
three  months  instead  of  monthly.  Hereafter,  however,  these  statement! 
y/ ill  Be  made  up  so  that  the  rent  will  Be  charged  monthly.  Had  only 
one  month's  rent  Been  charged  in  this  particular  instance  the  Business 


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^‘■^ho^yAlva  Edison, Esq. 
r,  *  /lewellyn  ParK.Orange.N.J . 


^  Will  you:  do  me  the  favour  to  give  me 
a  letter  to  the  proper  official  of  the  Phonograph 
company  ashing  them  to  try  out  Mr, Charles  Bennett's 
voice-  to.  determine  Its.  value  for  song  records,. 

I  would  not  of  course  ash  this  If  Mr, Bennett  were 
merely  the  ordinary  amateur  singer.He  was  horn  In  the  U..S, 
studied  abroad  „was  successful  in.  England, singing  in  the 
Crystal  Palace  and  before  the  hing„and  is  now  instructor 
at  the  Conservatory  of  Music  here  in  Boston. And  he  is 
not  only  a  finished  artist.but  his  singing  has  a  snap 
and  go;  to  it  which  should  mahe  records  have  a  good  sale. 

rf  you  would  do  this  for  me  I  would  appreciate 
it  very  much. 

I  went  out  to  the  laboratory  a.  couple  of  times 

•aspects  to  you, but  v 

>  unluohy  as  to  find 

you  were  away. The  enclosed  paper  may  interest  you„and 
you-  may  possibly  care  to  hi\ow  that  I'  attribute  what  luch 
I  have  had  in  the  inventing  and  scientific  line  to  the 
fact'  that  you  taught  me  the  right  way  to  experiment, 

?rely  .and I  respectfully  yours, 

fully  yours, 

(  3<joG  ) 

617  Vanderbilt  Av., 
Brooklyn,  N,  V,, 

June  IS,  1915. 

^  /  June  15,  1915.  ( 

Thomas  A.  Edio^Esq.,  t vouSt.  CX  jLd~ 

7-11  t L~+\*tUL  tw** 

Orange,  New  Jersey.  n-u)  YfCa*  . 

*ts  du  •**  * 

X  have  Just  purchased  a 

I  have.  Just  purchased  a  magn i f^c ent^lfi 

8200.  and  although  I  have  heard  son*  wond&ful  rgftords  on  itf 
fix  /V  vs>  'Vw.t.Mt 

disappointed  because  I  cannot  get  ya&r  records  of  the  following.^  wwrpy 

J  'O  o-felct  Ul-trUT  Sk-Utvv?  -ft*  cv> 

from  Aida"by  your  Grand  Opera  Compony^d^  othwGra|d  O^nw  “ 

put  out  by  the  Victor  people.  I,  off?^^  lO*  *-OM 

these  pieces  but  frankly  your  reco^^e  ^  7^^“^  cJX  ^ 

»•* *• M  v  •*$*£  !£? 

advise  mo  what  you  have  in  proportion.  (,v  4r^  cl.^U  U» tc«b*  err  pM  gLpg 

/Mn/k.  fir  'vLvUQ^4V\ 

vL  u***{ 

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,  x**b>  tr^'’"1 

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.5 K,e«*&air<.£,  a^scsl,^ 

The  attached  clipping  is  from  tho  Phila¬ 
delphia  Inquirer  of  Tuesday  Horning,  June  15th. 

Thought  possibly  this  might  he  of  Interest 

to  you  if  yon  have  not  already  seen  it  as  it  contains  the 
names  of  several  new  artists  who  will  evidently  he  connected 
with  the  lletropolitan  Opera  .Company  during  the  coming  winter 

BLAKE  &  EU  iuCAET^ 
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I  Metropolitan  Company  An¬ 
nounces  Plans  for  Next 
Philadelphia  Season' 

Will  Present  Many  Novelties,  In¬ 
cluding  a  Spanish  Work  and  Im¬ 
perial  Russian  Ballet 



Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  wish  to  call  your ‘attention  to  a  simple  attachment 
for  the  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph  which  insures  the  instant 
stoppage  of  a  machine  upon  the  completion  of  the  selection 
reoorded,  regardless  of  its  duration. 

I  am  enclosing  the  photoguaph  which  will  clearly 
show  the  method  employed,  but  perhaps  a  word  of  explanation  Wj.11 
not  be  out  of  place.  First  of  all  you  will  note  that  the  milled 
head  in  the  center  of  the  devioe  is.  raised  some  little  distanoe 
away  from  the  dial  to  which  it  is  attached  and  which  revolves 
under, the  fixed  point  at  the  side.  You  will  see  by  this  that 
when  the  duration  of  the  reoord  is  once  determined  and  the 
result  marked  upon  the  envelope,  or  record,  that  in  the  future 
to  set  the  machine,  to  the  number  indicated  would  be  all  that 
would  be  required.  The  construction  permits  of  very  accurate 
setting,  usually  within  a  five  seoond  limit  due  to  the  fact 
that  while  the  dial  goes  a  distanoe  of  about  five  inches,  the ' 
tripping  point  moves  but  one-half  inch.  I  have  had  the  subject 
of  the  photograph  in  constant  use  for  a  long  time  and  find  it 
pleasing  in  every  way,  and  the  results  certain  whether  operated 
by  young  people  or  thoBe  of  more  advanced  years.'  I  have  exhibited 
it  to  Mr.  Silverstone  as  well  as  your  representatives,  now  In 
our  city  and  they  one  and  all  seem  highly  pleased  with  its  action 
and  fine  appearance.  - 

I  am  placing  this  matter  before  you  in  the  hope  that 
you  may  see  your  way  clear  to  adopting  it  and  placing,  it  on 
your  machines  in  the  future  and  working  out  a  system- of  marking 
the  records  at  the  factory  with  the  proper  number  at- which  they 
should  be  set.  If  you  do  not  wish  to  interest  yourself  in  the 
device,  would  ask  you  to  grant  me  the  privilege  of  placing  them 
upon  the  market  myself. 

Trusting  I  may  receive  a  favorable  reply,  I  am, 
YourB  very  truly, 

4240  Fiad  Ave. , 
St.  Louie,  Mo. 



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sterling phonographs  June  “ms 

Mr.  William  Maxwell,  3d  Vice-President, 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino. , 

Orange,  N.  J. 


Permit  me  to  say  that  we  have  been  very  much'' 
pleased,  indeed;  with  your  Thirty-First  Supplement.  Al¬ 
most  all  the  records  are  very  high  grade. 

There  is,  however,  one  criticism  we  taie  the  lib- 

jaftJS  rument s?51*0®!  i  e* i  Impart i oularly  apparent 

ih  Opera  records. 

I  believe,  that  if  you  were  willing  *o  give  this 
.tt.r  a  test  in  reproducing  Anna  Case's  record^  on  one 
your  machines  with  the  support  of  your  orchestra,  you  will 
immediately  see  my  point. 


“S. S8K  SiMS. “  n  -  ' - 

it,  for  your  benefit  as  for  our  own. 



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Dear  Sir:-  _ 

V/hy  is  it  that  the  Company  recora 

every  Bongfeith  a  chorus? 

On  such  songs  as  "Silent  flight ",  "A  Perfect 
Day", "little  Grey  Home  in  the  West",  "Annie  laurie"  etc, 
the  people  greatly  prefer  a  single  artist. 

Is  there  any  special  advantage  in  recording 
them  with  chorus  work.  We  lose  a  great  many  sales  because 
People  expect  solos  and  do  not  like  chorus  work  in  so  many 

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256  West  55th  Street 


fas  Edison, 

j- ioA.V'.t. 

New  York,  June  1G,  1915. 

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Dear  Sir: —  .  V  I 


I  am  sending ,{ under  separate  covei 
ictric (winiii.a)  of  orchestra  tells,  of  \7hich  we  spoke.  Practically 
JCK  systems  notbing  bas  teen  done  for  the  last  fifteen  years  to  *  / 

improve  the  hell  records.  ^ i^Utff****] to  ^  I 

werkloks"^  K  believe  that  either  steel  or  aluminum  tars-f^f 

If"  to  2"  wide  hy  f"  to  in  thickness  would  he  the  ji  {,$«* 
TTRir  /s.u.  i  proper  size  for  volume.  A  resonator  to  each  note  would]? 
ipcr  r  A«  produce  a  mellow  tone,  l’be  over  vihtations  oould  he  / &-(? 

controlled  hy  felt  washers  connected  to  a  rubber  covered  [ (/  / 
adjustable  holt  through  the  nodal  point  of  the  tar.  1’bis  C 
would  also  allow  free  vibration  of  the  bars,  which  could  7 

be  controlled  to  suit  the  sensativeness  of  the  recording 
apparatus.  I be  adjustable  bolts  would  be  so  arranged 
that  they -would  not  interfere  with  the  playing  of  the 
bells.  Various  hammers  could  be  tried,  such  as  fiber 
with  brass  loaded  center,  and  with  a  little  experiment¬ 
ing  we  could  probably  improve  the  tone  a  great  deal  over 
electric  the  bells  now  being  used. 


l’he  instrument  should  be  mounted  on  a  station- 
b.  &  b.  (»j“- ■_,  )  ary  stand.  A  compass  of  at  least  three  octaves  could 

time  switches  also  be  used,  allowing  greater  scope  to  the  player. 

B  & B. electric  I  have  had  considerable  experience  with  the  bells, 

window  displays  having  been  formerly  connected  v/ith  the  Columbia  Phonograph 
Company  and  also  Y/ith  Victor  Herbert's  orchestra  at  the  time 
small  motors  records  were  made  at  the  Edison  laboratories,  Hew  York  City. 

and  other  Por  our  experimenting  in  connection  v/ith  the  above 

b.&b.  specialties  outfit  v/e' would  want  §100.00.  If  we  succeeded  in  giving 

you  what  you  want  we  would  v/ant  an  additional  ^150.00.  V/e 
put  it  in  this  way  because,  although  v/e  feel  sure  of  our 
ground,  it  is  barely  possible  that  v/e  nay  not  succeed  in 
coming  up  to  your  expectations,  and  in  that  event  we  would 
expect  to  be  remunerated  for  the  time  we  had  spend  on  it. 



I'ir.  Thomas  jjdison — 2. 

June  IB,  1915. 

Trusting  that  this  xiropos  ition  will  ir.e  et 
with  your  approval  and  that  you  will  favor  us  with  your 
order,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Phonographic  Diet.— 2. 

TO  Harry  A.  Yerkes. 

Henry  S.  Spackman  Engineering  Co. 
Nftansulthtg  &  Smjprrtutg  Engiucrra 
ffimmiral  $c  JUjtjEtral  Eaboralnrira 

PHILADELPHIA.  S/18/15/  /KHQi  S' 

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33ear  Sirs  *****  ^  XZu£>  Jr 

As  you  probably  know,  there  is  an  active  campaign  going  on 
in  Pennsylvania  to  seoure  votes  for  women,  the  constitutional  aiMfndment 
extending  the  franchise  to  them  being  voted  on  this  fall.  j 

It  is  praotioaily  impossible  to  secure  competent  speakers  on 
this  subjeot  to  thoroughly  prosecute  the  campaign  in  all  parts  of  the 
State,  and  it  occurred  to  me  it  might  be  possible  to  have  some  of  the 
leading  speakers  on  suffrage  make  Bhort  speeohes  which  could  be  used 
in  the  making  of  records,  and  thus.we  oould  multiply  a  hundredfold  the 
efficiency  of  our  speakers. 

I  have  been  asked  by  the  President  of  the  Woman’s  limited 
Suffrage  league  of  Pennsylvania  to  write  to  you  to  ascertain  whether 
it  would  be  possible  to  have  made  on  reoords  five  minute  speeohes  on 
suffrage  by  prominent  speakers,  suoh  as  Hiss  Jane  Addams,  Miss  Carpen¬ 
ter,  Miss  Livingston  and  other  authorities  on  this  matter;  and  if  so, 
what  the  approximate  cost  of  making  these  reoords  would  be,  exclusive 
of  the  service  of  the  speakers. 

Any  information .you  c 

i  on  this  subjeot  will  be  great- 

Very  truly  yours. 



\L  Y£*V*  Dempster  St . 

•*ft-IiK*»  Crurvi&i  .'  Evanston,  Ill 

Orange,  N-^J.  <4|,..  T  ^  §W*  , 

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As  a  user  of'an  Edison  Diamond  Die  fif  Phonograph,  £? 

register  my  plea  for  a -greater  proportion  of  records 
of  classical  musie  .  Particularly  ^.should  like  to  have  a  few 
the  beautiful  and  lasting  duets  and  quateta  from  the  standard 
operas  sung  by  artists  of  the  first  rank.  V 


Among  my  acquaintances  there  are  three  who  have 
Edison  machines.  All  of  these  express  dissatisfaction  with  the_> 
limited  selection  of  classical  music  and  first  grade  artists 
available  in  Edison  records.  \ 

Since  I  bought  my  phonograph  two  of  my  friends 
f^ghave  bought  yictrolas,  though  they  had  heard  my  Edison.  'One  of 
&  H  them  objected  to  the  scratch  ef  the  Edison;  and  both  feltvthat  th 
Edison  Co  could  not  be  depended  on  to  provide  muBio  and  artists 
o_f  the  kind  available  to  Victor  users. 

Z  i  Though  I  very  much  prefer  to  get  my  muBic  in 

tj  R  5 _ i  5  Edison  records,  I  am  now  considering  adding  a  Victor  attachment 

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_E  i  *^and  accunulntinS  a  eelection  of  Victor  records;  though  I  will  not 

;£  _S.  v^do  this  if  I  can  ascertain  that  a  change  in  the  policy  of  the 

i"  '?- S  Ji_  Edison. Co.  is  likely. 

Among  the  records  which  we  especially  enjoy  are 
selections  by  AnBelmi,  Haensel,  Destinn,  Case,  Flesch,  Melis, 

We  do  not  care  much  for  the  "spiel"  given  on  the 
backs,  of  some  of  the  records. 

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.  PM  lad 
June  2 

3?or  a  number  of  years,  1  have  been  the  owner  of  an 
Edison  Cylinder  Phonograph,  which  I  consider  far  superior  to  disc 
machines  of  other  manufacture. 

Recently,  I  disposed  of  my  cylinder  machine  and  purchased 
an  A-200  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph,  which  has  won.  my  admiration  and 
delighted  quite  a  number  of  my  friends. 

When  one  makes  an  outlay  of  $200. 00  for  a  phonograph,  it 
is  not  .lust  for  the  popular  music  of  the  day  but  for  the  love  of 
good  musio* 

X  am  writing  to  you  with  reference  to  records  of  the 
higher  class  of  music  As  you  know,  the  Vi  °t  orXalkinghlachine 
Oof  have  a  large  selection  of  records  of  a  very  fine  class  of  musio 
which  it  seems  impossible  to  obtain  on  tne  Diamond  Disc. 

I  am  very  desirous  of  obtaining  more  of  the  better  class 
of  musio  and  several  of  my  friends  have  expressed  the  same  desire. 

I  believe  there  is  a  big  demand  for  the  higher  grade  of 
music  and  I  also  believe  it  would  increase  the  sale  of  the  Diamond 
Disc  Machine  for  several  with  whom  I  have  talked  about  the  Phonograph 
tave  made  the  remark  that  you  could  not  obtain  the  large  ®?J®otion  of 
music  that  can  be  had  with  some  of  the  other  makes  of  maohines. 

Yours  very  respectfully, 

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June  23,  1915. 

1  Buggest  that  you  send  to  those  who  attended  the 
Woman's  Club  oonoert  Monday  evening  the  following  pen-written 
note  on  engraved  correspondence  cards: 

"We  believo  you  heard  Hiss  Chrietine  Miller 
eing  in  unison  with  her  Diamond  Disc  records  at  the 
Woman's  Club.  Everyone  says  it  was  impossible  to 
distinguish  the  original  from  the  reproduction.  Y.e 
should  like  you  to  know  the  Diamond  Disc  better.  May  we 
give  youa  little  informal  Diamond  Disc  muBloale  in  your 
own  home?  Ho  obligation  attaches.  Please  write  or 
telephone  UB  -  Orange  5220. 

Yours  faithfully, 

She  Phonograph  Co.  of  the  Orangos" 

To  those  who  did  not  attend,  X  suggest  that  you  send  the 
sumo  letter  hut  change  the  first  lino  to  read:  "Did  you  hear 
Mies  Christine  Miller  sing  in  unison,  eto. 

These  notes  should  oonteln  no  salutation  such  as  "Dear 
Sir  or  Dear  Madam".  The  envelop eo  should  be  addressed  te.  and 
Mrs.  So  and  So"  -  in  the  same  manner  as  the  original  Invitation. 

Miss  Lyons  may  consider  it  quite  an  undertaking  to  got 
out  pen-written  notes  to  oover  the  entire  list,  but  I  think  it 
is  better  to  send  out  a  few  eaoh  day  in  thie  manner  than  to 
Bond  a  multigraphod  letter. 

Mr.  V/m.  Maxwell, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

<^“>1  rt"(  <U“1  • 

Take~fct  from  a  Duffer  -  that  an  inw^fijaron 
of  this  kind  would  command  some  prioei  I  hope  Mr. 
Edison  will  start^work  opjtoisij 

Your3“aino  er  el  y 




Yours  ;sAnoer  ely,  /  ■%  *  I 

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Mr.  A.  C.  Ireton, 

c/o  Thos.  A.  Edison,  Inc., 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Ireton 

Bnolosed  please  find  a  clipping 
with  regard  to  the  young  lady  who  we  thought  might 
he  a  welcome  addition  to  the  Edison  group  of  artists. 

We  know  that  herRecords  would 
he  very  popular  in  this  section  of  the  country,  as 
well  as  where  you  has  sang. 

"absouitbi.v  ONE  PR 





niS'5'  MbtlE.f'  HWIJCK. 

Agnes  Hanick,  Grand  Opera 
:  Star,  Is  Passing  Vacation 
-  With  Parents  in  St.  Louis1 

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June  26,  1916 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  '  v  f  ..i  «  , 

I”c” . 

Hear  Mr.  Edison;  frUavtA r*4  <**  Vn-<*V^  '"J 

I  noticed  in  the  Kansas  City  Star~^'''wty  *'*  uiyP 
a  short  time  ago  an  interview  with  you  regarding  (]  ■?'() ■ . 

the  possibilities  of  further  Increasing  the  &vJ-***-* 

destruction  of  life  by  the  utilization,  of  .  .  .  JL^-u^h. 

electricity  and  chemistry. 

I  have  not  the  article  before  me  and  -7-  /jC  /• 
would  not  trust  it  to  be  authentic  even  if  X  had  /  /  ft 
but  as  I  remember,  your  expression  ran  something/ 

&B  follows:  l  QJ  Ty 

1  "Destruction  of  life  in  warfare  ■&-*-( 

multiplies  many  times  by  utilizing  modern  chemistry  ( 
and  electricity,  but  unless  my  country  needs  my  \ 

services  for  defence,  1  shall  devote  my  powers  to  A 

increasing  the  joy  and  abundance, rather  than  the  ’ 

destruction  of  life." 

[signed,  Thomas  A.  Edison./ 

I  am  getting  a  series  of  follow-up  letters 
for  the  retail  trade  and  should  like  very  much  to 
have  the  above  words  or  an  expression  of  the  same 
ideas  in  different  words  in  your  own  hand  writing 
to  be  copied  with  a^rs^dglt^^Blmllar  to  the  attached. 

This  would  be  made  up  as  a  printed  en¬ 
closure  with  one  of  my  follow-dp  letters  and  I  believe 
would  be  very  good  advertising  material. 

Will  you  be  willing  to  favor  me  with  this 
idea  in  your  hand  writing? 

I  shall  greatly  appreciate  your  courtesy. 

Very  truly  yours, 



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Superiority  Of  The  New  Edison 
Diamond  Disc  Phonograph 

No  Needles  to  Change. 

Instead:  A  Genuine  Diamond  Point. 

No  Records  Worn  Out  by  Playing. 

Instead:  Indestructible  Records. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  II.  J. 

Ky  clear  Mr .  Edison: 

While  attending  a  convention  of  the  American 
Order  of  Steam  Engineers  held  in  this  City  this  week,  X  had 
the  pleasure  of  hearing  for  the  first  time  a  demonstration 
of  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph. 

My  attention  was  first  attracted  hy  the  beautiful 
reproduction  of  one  of  your  records  made  from  the  cornet. 

My  son-in-law,  Mr.  Michele  Hinaldi ,  being  a 
Cornet-player  of  some  note,  having  made  a  number  of  solo  records 
for  the  Victor  people  in  recent  years,  and  having  some  knowledge 
of  music  myself,  I  became  deeply  interested  in  the  endeavor  to 
compare  the  results  given  upon  your  machine  with  those  I  had 
heretofore  heard  only  upon  the  Victor. 

Through  the  courtesy  of  your  representatives,  Mr. 
Purdy  and  Hr.  Gov/dy ,  I  was  afforded  a  full  opportunity  of  doing 
this  effectually  at  the  rooms  of  your  local,  agent,  Hr.  Beinhold, 
in  company  with  Hr.  Hinaldi. 

It  gives  me  great  pleasure  to  tell  you,  not  only 
for  myself,  but  for  my  son- in-lav/,  that,  in  the  opinion  of  us 
both,  the  Diamond  Disc  is  in  every  way  superior  to  that  of  the 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  #2. 

Victor,  or  other  similar  machines  we  have  heard. 

The  clear,  distinct  voice  and  musical  tone 
produced  by  the  Diamond  Disc  are  as  near  perfection  as  could 
be  expected,  while  the  absence  of  that  confusion  of  sound, 
wherein  one  or  mare  instrument  over-shadows  that  of  the  rest, 
as  heard  upon  other  machines,  is  a  distinctive  feature  that 
adds  immeasurably  to  the  pleasure  of  listening  to  the  "Diamond 

■,71th  kind  regards  and  well  wishes, 

Yours  very  truly. 


£/(iiVf  3)iamon<f'  3)Uc-  ,<7i/tanaj*aj3iA- 
°Ifln/nut'.a/&/*>}antfiSttc* it  il|j 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  are  sending  yon 'attached  fivy'lpXter  which 
„»  representative  of  a  great  many  wfeieh  yk/nave  received 
recently.  We  pick  out  these  five  becaus^XThey  bring  out 
more  prominently  the  points  on  which  there  seems  to  he 
general  criticism  of  our  product.  *«* 

The  surface  noise  on  the  records  we  are  com¬ 
pelled  to  hear  complained  of  daily  by  our  customers;  not  a 
big  percentage  of  them,  of  course,  resort  to  writing  about 

Also  the  class  of  records  is  another  bone  of  con¬ 
tention.  Recently  we  have  been  getting  records  through  in 
good  quantity  but  the  quality  of  many  of  them  is  not  there ; 
in  fact  on  the  last  supplement  7/e  received  ( m32 )  two  of  the 
records  #50239  and' #80232  (Your  King  and  Country  Want  You) 
rattlo  so  much  that  it  is  almost  impossible  to  get  anybody 
to  buy  them.  Several  of  the  records  on  the  B9th  and  30uh 
Supplements  are  also  of  this  same  type,  noticoably  the 

One  of  the  user's  whose  letter  X  attach,  llr.  A. 
Howard  Hitter,  had  paid  §95.  on  a  §150.  instrument  and  wished 
us  then  to  take  it  back,  he  -to  lose  the  y95. ,  as  he  claimed 
he  could  not  got  good  rocords  on  the  Edison  and  was  forced  to 
play  Victor  records  almost  exclusively. 

There  was  a  time,  a  couple  of  months  ago,  when 
records  seemed  to  be  coming  through  exceptionally  clear  and 
smooth  but  recent  issues  have  gone  back,  it  appears. 

.We  are  sending  these  letters  to  you  as  of  course 
the  things  these  customers  complain  of,  are  out  of  our  power 
to*  correct. 

We  believe  the  people  at  the  factory  are  interested 


& 't/iAorl'  3)iamand '  3)iic  fftfanayrap/iA- 

Ur.  Thomas  A. 

In  getting  these  things  especially  from 
shown  hy  these  fives  letters.  ~11  those 
grade  people  and  music  lovers. 

the  class  of  people 
people  ere  good  high 

■Then  delivering  now  instruments,  in  tpo  thirds  of 
the  eases,  our  mechanic  has  to  mahc  from  one  to  three  trips 
after  installing  the  instrument  as  the  customers  thun:  ••no 
motor  is  Bo  noisy”.  What  they  hoar  really  is  not  the  motor 
hut  the  surface,  hut  they  notice  it  so  much  more  plainly _v.hen 
it  moos  into  the  ordinary  sir.od  room  after  saving  oeen  ac.onn- 
stratea  to  them  in  a  large  room.  Those  complaint f  are  hara 
to  overcome  end  there  is  a  great  deal  of  unploaeuncne^c  some¬ 
times  before  we  can  get  the  people  satisfied. 

■Set  will  appreciate  the  return  of  thoso  letters 
when  you  have  read  them. 

Yours  very  truly, 


ub  6. 



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